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Re: Debian Documentation: Debian Dictionary

Lyno Sullivan wrote:
> [...]
> I began by wondering, would it be possible, or even sensible, to use the
> FAQ-o-matic approach that would let people add definitions via the web?  I
> am not obliquely volunteering to write the Dict-o-matic software, maybe
> later. Assuming suitable software doesn't exist, let me propose how I would
> handle this if it were mine to do now.

There are several interrelated problems here. All need not be
immediately. Here's a try:

gathering: use faq-o-matic, a new top level section for
 it allows anybody to contribute and gives implicit structure

distribution: faq-o-matic again, until something better is
 it is available on the web, has links to cvs (somebody said) and
 does most of its administration automagically

packaging and delivery in the Debian distribution: let's think
about it
 ... later

This way it would be up and running quickly, easy to handle and
not commit anybody to any design decisions we would like to change
when we see how it is shaping up. This would buy us time to think
while getting experience (and those words).

> [...]
> Putting all this together and we start to get a very big file.  If the file
> gets too big people won't have the patience to download it, to lookup a
> simple word.  That got me to thinking that one file wasn't a smart way to go.
> I wonder if we wouldn't be smarter to put all the definitions into a
> directory, with each definition in its own file.  This approach has the
> advantage that it simplifies the issue of languages and clarifies the
> matter of the GNU/Linux dictionary, the Debian Dictionary, etc.  Let me
> explain.
> Let's assume that the user wants to build a final run-time Dictionary.
> [...]

These are intriguing questions, but I think we could put them to
background priority for a while.


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