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Cheat-sheets summarize information. They are useful but I'm always disappointed with execution.
For example, this Python Cheat-sheet has 2 problems:
- upper half of window is taken by useless information
- clicking on a link takes you to the middle of a giant html page and you loose table of content
Second problems is common to all cheat-sheets I've seen.
Navigation section should always be accessible.
I decided to improve on the above cheat-sheet and made good progress.
Removing useless information at the top was easy. Here's the difference in information density. Original at the left, my version at the right:
That leaves navigation at the top stay in place. You can quickly go to another section.
Here's the difference after navigating to "Enumerate" section:
I have a few more ideas.
- add a small, persistent "TOC" fixed to the top of the page. It would expand when you mouse over it.
That way there's a way to navigate even when scroll the page.
- apply similar navigation scheme to subsections, for large topics.
- one could imagine a whole book presented in such a way. Lightning fast navigation between chapters / sub chapters (because the whole HTML is already loaded)
one could imagine this could work for more than programming language cheat-sheets but e.g. also for command-line utilities like
- such scheme could also be used for API documentation, like Go package documentation.
Basically any kind of reference documentation where you want to quickly navigate between topics.