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Re: Wikibook on octave

From: David Bateman
Subject: Re: Wikibook on octave
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 18:29:55 +0100
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John W. Eaton wrote:
> On 29-Jan-2007, David Bateman wrote:
> | Feel free to copy the sparse matrix stuff from the octave manual as
> | well. The introductory material there might make a good addition and is
> | something the matlab manual doesn't have yet either..
> I suppose that would be OK, but why not just place a pointer in the
> wikibook to the Octave manual (which is also available on the web).
> What is the goal of the wikibook?  To provide an additional manual for
> Octave, or provide some pointers for new users, or something else?
> I (sort of) understand the goal of providing free documentation for
> Matlab, which is something that doesn't otherwise exist.  But for
> Octave, we already have some free documentation, and our goal is to
> include and distribute free documentation along with Octave.  So it
> would be useful if people who want to improve the documentation
> available for Octave would submit changes to the Octave manual itself
> rather than writing a new and separate manual.
> jwe
True, in a sense. However, if some users prefer a wiki interface then
why not..

The fact was my offer was that Nicolas could take the text for the
sparse matrix stuff that is a dead link in the matlab wikibook and use
it as a means of getting octave/matlab considered in the same wikibook.
Most of the sparse section of the octave manual equally applies the
matlab, with a couple of differences (matrix_type and the way the
polymorphic solver picks its algo are two). So Nicolas could almost just
take the sparse manual pages of octave and drop them into this section
to feed both the matlab and octave wikibooks.. If this is the price to
pay for some octave evangelism on the matlab wikibook then why not..


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