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Re: Communication and Design at Guix

From: L p R n d n
Subject: Re: Communication and Design at Guix
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:09:48 +0100
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Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi swedebugia,
> swedebugia <address@hidden> skribis:
>>>> By the way, I wanted to start working on the documentation. 
>>>> IMHO, it might benefit from a little graphical enhancement for
>>>> newcomers. The thing is that it's currently hosted on
>>>> so it's probably not possible to modify the design. So I
>>>> to ask, first, if that's something that would be welcome? What could
>>>> the possibilities? And what would be the technical limitations?
>>>The HTML pages at are generated from Texinfo. 
>>>CSS there is shared with all the GNU manuals, which is nice for
>>>consistency.  Ideally modifications of the CSS would be submitted to
>>>GNU webmaster or address@hidden (I forgot which one).  However, be
>>>aware that you may encounter misplaced conservatism if you take that
>>>route, so don’t lose your hair on it.
> [...]
>> What about We can do whatever we want there I suppose and just 
>> link
>> to it from the gnu site.
> Well in general we can always do whatever we want.  :-)  I do think
> there’s value in presenting GNU manuals in a consistent way, though,
> especially since Guix’ manual has cross-references to many other
> manuals.

That would be nice though. Even if consistency is enjoyable, I think
the benefits of a nicely shaped and organised documentation easily beat
what we could get from being consistent with non-Guix manuals. IMHO 
GNU manuals are ok when you know what you're searching for, I find them
unreadable. + I think they're intimidating for newcomers. :/  

>> Talking about CSS and the manual I would like to add patens highlighting.
>> The chicken documentation has this (on mouse over) and it is really nice to 
>> be
>> able to see how complicated expressions are composed.
> Yes I’d love that too!  It should be doable for the address@hidden Texinfo
> bits.


> Thanks,
> Ludo’.



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