Just to throw my own two cents in. On Mon, Apr 13, 1998 at 08:18:00PM +0100, Marco Budde wrote: > Am 13.04.98 schrieb schwarz # monet.m.isar.de ... > CS> I don't like it :) The structure looks like it's based mostly on our > CS> archive structure, but this structure is less than intuitive (at least, > CS> for me, but I've heard this from a lot of users too). > Well, the structure is not the problem. But some developers have choosen > the wrong diretory for their program. From this vantage point, it seems to me that Christian is looking more for a way of indexing documents (why would someone be looking for this document?), while Marco is looking more for a way of arranging them (which order should I put these documents in for ease of browsing?). I'm not really familiar with the whole dwww/dhelp thing, though, so I could be way off track here -- I only found out about them coz they helped me make a point in an argument about manpages :) Anyway, I think I'd find Christian's viewpoint more useful: so I could setup my system with English as the default language, then if I wanted to know how to setup IP masq, I could choose something like: Debian Programming Debian Development Day to Day Use System Administration ----> User Administration Security ,----Networking | Filesystem Management V Device Management Using PPP Using SLIP Using ISDN Using Cable-modems Routing -------------> IP Masq Howto ipfwadm manpage route manpage ... If you're not sure what you're looking for (and IMHO that's our target here -- people who don't yet know what they're doing), following some generic categories like that is a good way of finding things. Some explanation of what the categories *mean* might be useful. The alternative when you're looking for information on IP masq currently is to search for random keywords; which is *great* when you know what you're looking from, but when you want ``something that let's me connect my windows computer to the Internet via my Linux computer'', that's not quite so convenient. I'd be partly inclined to have two different executables (or menu options or whatever), "browsedocs", say, that would open up a list of sections like the above, and "searchdocs" that would bring up something more like dwww's current display. (dhelp is, at the moment, something of a hybrid, it seems to me) > [...] we have support for > other languages. So you have to walk to 5 or more directories in worst > cases. I'd expect something like a system wide default language and then a choice box to choose a different language if desired, rather than having to choose a language explicitly for each document. Is this possible? > CS> - in some places it's hard to determine the correct section of a > CS> manual--I'd prefer to put such manuals in several sections > No, please not. This is very confusing for the user. In some cases you > could create an own root directory. In the indexing scheme, having the same document referenced from multiple places is perfectly natural -- dselect information would be usefully indexed under both "administration" and "installation" (while the boot- floppies install procedure would only come under the latter, for example); the FSSTND would be included under both "Debian development" and "administration", and so forth. If we can provide a well thought out set of `sections' to index documents under, I think it would be *incredibly* useful. A searching utility, and a by-package listing would then only need to be used when you want to clarify points, much like the original purpose of man. Apologies in advance for any misrepresentations or errors in the above. I don't know my way around dwww, dhelp or doc-base very well at the moment. Cheers, aj -- Anthony Towns <email@example.com> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/> I don't speak for anyone save myself. PGP encrypted mail preferred. ``It's not a vision, or a fear. It's just a thought.''
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