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Re: [opensuse-doc] The openSUSE distribution chages are way ahead of documentation?
  • From: jdd <jdd@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 09:56:02 +0200
  • Message-id: <451F7492.2050800@xxxxxxxxx>
Rajko M a écrit :

The YaST and a company, is resting primarily with Novell/SUSE doc team.

but is still poorly documented, as SuSE folks focused on the administrator guide on general Linux infos (making probably the better book ever on the subject)

process is still missing clear structure. Where to pick up source, (...)

this is not structure in the way I mean it. This is tools.

Of course it's very usefull, certainly necessary, but the structure I speak of is the organisation of the documentation itself. what chapters, what titles, what page names (for the wiki), what categories...

we all worked on that one day or an other, but the result is still very unperfect, I know of pages I can't find again (even page I did write myself :-()

Part of the solution is probably to work on the wiki (as a base tool) like if it was a book. that is no search engine, no google, but as many Table of Content/index as we want.

once this structure well formed (and the "portal" sub structure is a good example), it should be looked for portals administrators.

The only way to have a page up to date is to have one author responsible of that. This don't mean this page (portal) admin have to write all himself, on the contrary he should have only to manage the pages (as in "manage a team")

Think of docbook "chapters", "articles", "titles". any body can write articles in a semi informal manner, given somebody gives the shape.

25 years ago, my wife wrote a "memoire" (wite paper) about computer aided english teaching. At that time I had only scholar english and she had a master :-), but I'm not too bad as organisation. so I took it's work, asked her the good questions and organised the document. It's a very interesting experience to organise a document you nearly don't understand

Our goal now is similar, but the document is much bigger, the author nearly impossible to have at hand (and I have 25 years more :-(), so the task is very difficult.

but, in fact, we don't have to do this right now for an exam. It will go it's pace, slowly, and we can hope the result will be better and better when the time passes :-)

jdd

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