Document Pages - How we publish PDFs in Drupal WebCMS
Document pages collect information about the PDF file, ensuring metadata for the content and improving search results for PDF documents.
- What does a document page do?
- Why do we have document pages?
- Benefits of a document page?
- How does a document page present PDFs?
- Can I put more than one PDF document on a document page?
- Isn't it bad to move documents one click further away?
- It presents PDFs.
- It's intended to have a 1:1 relationship with a PDF document.
- It's the page that describes the document and what people should expect when they go to that document.
- We want people to find what they're looking for at EPA.gov.
- We have very bad metadata at EPA and the PDF metadata is even worse than the HTML. The required metadata for a document page ensures metadata for the content.
- We are ensuring that our search results, at the very least, provide good titles to our users.
- The link is managed. This means if the page or file name changes the system remembers the link and sends people coming to the old link to the new link. This does not work with the PDF file by itself.
- The PDF disclaimer and document information is automatically added.
- PDF files will not be indexed in the search engine; document pages will be
- We will be creating automated lists using our metadata to show the information we have on a topic. Document pages will appear in the list and PDF files will not.
- The link for the PDF appears after all the text you add to the document page.
- The link follows EPA's PDF linking standard.
- A right-aligned PDF disclaimer appears on the page, in accordance with EPA standards.
- Document Page with a Single PDF (log in required)
For instructions how to make a document page, see Creating and Editing Document Pages (log in required).
Yes, but only if that set of PDFs is a collection.
- Collection of state fact sheets (log in required) - There are 50 files that are exactly the same except there is a PDF for each state.
- Collection of PDFs (log in required) - You have a set of PDFs that are all about a certain subject.
What we do not want is multiple PDFs on a document page that have no relationship to each other. That would make search engines (not just ours) return confusing and inaccurate results, creating a poor experience for our audience.
- Not if there's a strong "scent of information" (see Usability Myth #2: All pages should be accessible in 3 clicks Exit)
- Far more people arrive at our documents through search rather than by navigating through pages.
- The value of documents with good metadata far outweighs a one-click navigational inconvenience.