Re: html documentation for kde
> If the images would be separated, it would require either a package for
> each single application, or that always get the images for all packages in
> a kde module even if you only install one. Both a bad idea.
I agree with this.
> So how about another solution A+B
> A) A special "html documentation package", containing the html
> documentation + the images, but that can't be installed together with the
I'm unhappy with this because this does not serve the original reason for
packaging kdefoo-doc-html, i.e., if I'm a GNOME user (without khelpcenter)
and I install kword, then I can't read the docbook docs and I can't even
install the HTML docs. But I realise this was meant in conjuction with (B),
so reading on...
> B) Docbook documentation + images are together with the program
> always. If someone who installs the program want the html documentation,
> they are generated from the docbook at installation time (or later if so
I'm a little uncomfortable with generating HTML docs at install time, since
(1) it will require meinproc which is in kdelibs4-dev and would thus require
a dependency on kdelibs4-dev and all the stuff it drags in, and (2) once
you've installed kword and forgotten all about the installation questions
(would you like HTML docs?), and in four months' time you decide you want to
read the manual, it's not at all clear how to do this (i.e., that you have to
> So in this scenario the html documentation package is only meant for
> installation on servers.
I'd be tempted to think that it's more common for a non-KDE user to install
kword and want to read the docs than it would be for someone to have none of
KDE on their system and want to read the docs; for most apps it's customary
to read the docs on the machine that you're running the app on.
i.e., none of these solutions are particuarly good, but I believe the current
situation (HTML docs installable with the app but missing images when the app
is not present) is the least upsetting (apologies to Tim).
> After all, the html doc package is a bad idea if
> someone only want a single program, since you get documentation for all
> packages in a kde module.
Sure, I agree. It was a choice between (1) koffice-doc-html as we have now,
(2) bundle HTML docs with the original apps (which makes ordinary KDE users
unhappy about wasted disk space), or (3) have lots of little kword-doc-html,
kspread-doc-html, etc. packages (which makes debian people in general unhappy
because of package bloat). I chose (1) as what appeared to be the lesser of
> And then you would really want to have the
> documentation in your own language. Not everyone speaks english.
Again agreed. As (I think) I mentioned before, I'm not entirely sure what to
do about this. Having koffice-doc-html-de, etc etc leads again to package
bloat, and bundling all translations in koffice-doc-html leads to very large
packages as well as the rather undesirable situation that koffice can no
longer be built from the source tarball (since the translations are not in
the main koffice tree).
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