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My software has frequent updates. The changelog ontains adequate amount of information about each change (often complete sentences). It's currently more than 100,000 characters long (16,000 words over 1,000 lines) and counting. While it's a lot of data, I like to display it so customers get the message there is a long evolution behind the product.

Currently each update is separated into a few unordered lists (new features, improved, bugfixes, updated libraries).

I'd like something that is fun and also helps navigation in the page, such as a timeline slider (Wayback Machine), vertical timeline (Facebook), table of contents (Wikipedia)... Currently it's just a wall of text. While I know not many people read it, I'd still like to make it as pleasing as possible.

  • Is this mobile only, desktop or both? – tohster Mar 29 '15 at 15:43
  • Primarily for desktop. The software is a WordPress plugin. So it's not an app. I'm fine with a clickable TOC on mobiles and a button to scroll back to top. Or an openable side panel TOC. I'm now looking into Bootstrap scrollspy with affix. – Firsh - LetsWP.io Mar 30 '15 at 11:46
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It helps that you stated your design intent clearly: it's about communicating volume/diversity of the changelog rather than the details.

Some modern approaches to spicing up long, sectionalized content (use desktop browser to view the examples):

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