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Re: proposal for user view of docs

From: Patrick McCarty
Subject: Re: proposal for user view of docs
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 23:29:42 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 03:13:53AM -0700, Graham Percival wrote:
> Here's my proposal for the user's view of the documentation.
> - the "website" is available in HTML, info, and pdf.  If you type
>   "info lilypond", you get the website.  Package managers might
>   create a lilypond-doc package consisting of the pdfs, or a local
>   copy of the HTML, or whatever.
> - when the user clicks (or info-browses to) on Manuals, he sees
>   pretty much the current Manuals page:
> - when the user clicks on "Learning Manual", he gets the first
>   page of the LM, namely:

That sounds great to me.

>   There are a few modifications:
>     - the top menu from the website might still present (I'm not
>       certain if this would be a good idea or not)
>     - the "Back to the Documentation Index" link in the top-left
>       corner takes the user back to the Manuals page.
>       (actually, if we keep the top website menu, we can remove
>       that "Back to the Documentation Index" link)

I don't know if we could manage this, i.e. keeping the top website
menu for the docs.

The navbar for the main website uses an absolute positioned
div#tocframe, and the TOC for the docs uses the same technique.

They currently have the same "id", but that's not a problem.  I am
just worried about the CSS positioning problems this would pose.  The
docs layout was more difficult to code than the new website layout.

...and unfortunately, the docs layout is currently broken in IE8.  I
need to take a look at that.  :-)

>   The current Documentation/ is completely removed.

Sounds reasonable.

> - the same applies to all the other manuals; all 9 entries on the
>   new website Manuals page.


> - there is no other user documentation.  Things on the old
> Examples is dead (merged into the new
>   Introductions->Examples), Translation Status is merged into
>   the CG, Developer Resources is found under
>   Community->development, Thankyous+Dedication are found under
>   Community->Authors.  That leaves License, which could go...
>   hmm, Download?  Introduction->Freedom?

I think the License would be more appropriate in "Download".


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