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Re: NEWS.Debian files

On Mon, Jul 08, 2002 at 01:24:19PM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:

> I think that this need would be adequately met by suggesting that news items
> be placed ahead of other changelog entries, and clearly marked.  This is the
> kind of thing that should be done anyway in a proper changelog.  That way,
> we have the best of both worlds in the same file.  People (like me) who are
> used to reading the changelog don't have to look in two places, and people
> who only want the news can have that as well.

I'm not sure that this is such a good idea.  What I personally look for
in a changelog and a NEWS file are very different things.  The changelog
should be a very brief overview of what has changed, not going into any
great detail about the changes themselves.  A NEWS file ought to be much
more verbose, explaining things in more detail and giving any procedures
required to handle incompatible changes.

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream - or a fever."

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