Earlier this year we announced a few changes that we’re making to improve the user experience, consistency, and discoverability for people accessing Arm technical content: We’ve heard your feedback! Upcoming changes to Arm's developer and community websites, and Upcoming changes - a detailed look at the new Arm Developer and Community websites.
Arm’s technical documentation website, infocenter.arm.com, has delivered non-confidential technical documentation for over 20 years. More recently we have served non-confidential documentation from Arm Developer, where we tried to introduce an updated user experience and deliver that experience in a more modern and accessible way. The simple truth, however, is it failed to do so as we never completed the documentation section to our original design, and it’s failed to be a suitable successor to Infocenter.
We’ve recently built a new documentation delivery service, using scalable, performant infrastructure, to deliver both non-confidential and confidential documentation, if you are entitled to access it, anywhere in the world.
Using this new documentation service, we’re currently building a brand-new documentation hub which offers significant improvements over both the current developer.arm.com/docs and infocenter.arm.com user experiences.
The new documentation hub will replace Infocenter when we launch later this year. You’ll still be able to find the content you use regularly as we’re migrating the content from Infocenter to the new documentation hub.
The documentation hub is a stand-alone service that will be accessed from the ‘Documentation’ menu item of the Arm Developer website.
It enables browsing and navigation of Arm's technical documentation and allows granular search of the platform. Here’s a sneak peak of what it will look like:
Once in a document, you can navigate using the left-hand menu tree, and you can also hide this menu tree to enable a larger viewing panel for the actual content. On launch day, you’ll be able to view different versions of a document and download them, plus any other available attachments, such as example code.
Future iterations of the documentation hub will introduce in-document search (like Ctrl+F in your web browser), change/update notifications subscription through multiple channels (such as RSS, your Arm Account, or email), a light/dark theme switch, and a related articles component to connect you with other relevant documentation or content.
To make sure we don’t lose anything when the sun sets for the last time on infocenter.arm.com, we are migrating all of the content across to the new documentation hub.
We’ll be doing the same for developer.arm.com/docs.
And finally, we’ll set up a comprehensive network of redirects, to ensure that you can still connect with your existing links and content once they’ve moved to their new home.
If you think that you might be affected in any way by these changes, please click on the yellow feedback button and get in touch with us.
I do not greet this announcement with tears of joy. My normal way to access your web site is via a Google web search. If this new system makes information unavailable to Google search, this will make ARM's information much less accessible. I doubt that an internal search system will work as well, because most do not. Google's search engine budget dramatically exceeds that of you or your contractors.