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David T. sunfish62 at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 18 02:42:42 EDT 2018


You imply that the use of Eclipse somehow renders the documentation process simple enough for a user to identify a typo and get it fixed. I flat out disagree, and I think that using disingenuous language on the wiki home page is not going to change the reality: implementing a change in the documentation is a Process.

I still think the heading should be reverted to “Developing the Documentation”, and I am copying gnucash-devel as you requested.


> On Aug 17, 2018, at 11:23 AM, Frank H. Ellenberger <frank.h.ellenberger at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Am 16.08.2018 um 20:52 schrieb David T.:
>> Frank,
>> As you will see on gnucash-devel, I had reason to examine the wiki home page today, and noticed some of the changes you have implemented there over the last year or so. I wanted to discuss off list with you one of those changes.
>> You changed “Developing the Documentation” to “Improving the Documentation” with the note that “developing sounds so high-flown”. I think you’re wrong here, and I’d like you to change that back to “Developing.” 
>> Here’s why I think that:
>> IF improving the documentation simply involved opening a Word file, changing the text or formatting using a WYSIWIG editor, and saving the result, THEN I’d agree on referring to it as “Improving the Documentation.”
>> HOWEVER, it simply isn’t that easy—as outlined on our own wiki page. That page includes guidance on: the installation of several specialized software packages, the creation of accounts at github and Bugzilla, the use of version control software, the editing of DocBook XML text files, the XSLT validation of your edits, etc. etc. etc.
> Using a recent Eclipse CDT bundle should have everything, which is required:
> a Git module,
> a Bugzilla connector,
> a WYSIWIG XML editor,
> a module for autotools (configuer, make, ...).
> You could ask Geert about his success with KDevelop.
>> Simply put, the documentation update process *IS* complicated and “high-flown”—and to imply otherwise is misleading.
> The idea behind the change:
> We should not already on the main page scare off potential contributors.
> They should decide it while reading the respective pages.
> And it should also address "Hey, I found a typo."
>> Please revert the heading to “Developing the Documentation.”
> If you still think, it should be reverted, address it to gnucash-devel.
>> Thanks,
>> David
> Regards
> Frank
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