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Re: Wiki-fying docs

From: Yury Tarasievich <grog@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 15:24:23 +0200

David Rhodus wrote:

   patches back into the official document format.  But I don't think we
   can use Wiki as a basis for the documentation... it doesn't have a
   formal enough infrastructure to serve as a good basis.

I've yet to see anything ever done with the fbsd documentation other
than made into a webpage.  Though, I guess with some work a wiki could
be wrote in php to store the data in SGML format.

I feel that common misunderstanding happens in this argument.

SGML was/is there, in the first place, for having codification of structure (of information). So are the derivatives (XML etc).

Wiki deals with another problem -- wide community input on dispersed subjects, with hardly any regard to structure at all.

Do we have dispersed subjects here? Rather no. Do we have a (wide) community whose desire is exactly writing of documentation? I think no again.

Obviously, one can contribute to docs even in plain-text.

I think what we really are looking at here is the steep learning curves of SGML technologies and of the product itself (dfbsd).

Then, there's the absence of *serious* technical writing community (in open-source community). Nobody wants to (and few can and those who can seemingly prefer not to) write about things.

I don't really know, perhaps there are complicated procedures of contributing, too?


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