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HOWTO vs mini-HOWTO [was: Linux Doc Infrastructure]
On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, Kim Lester wrote:
> >From what I've seen LDP and GDP are addressing an important part of
> getting a set of new docs up-to-date
> and mostly in some sort of format. What I see as the next step is
> unifying the strucutre.
A few months ago, I tried raising this discussion on the ldp-discuss
mailing list, but noone picked up the thread. I guess I didn't express
myself clearly enough.
I propose that the distinction between HOWTOs and mini-HOWTOs should be
abolished, because a grouping based on the sizes of the documents it is a
very arbitrary and non-intuitive distinction. In fact, some mini-HOWTOs
are longer than some HOWTOs. Approximately 2/3 of the mini-HOWTOs are
longer than the shortest HOWTOs!
Historically, HOWTOs were in LinuxDoc (SGML) format, and mini-HOWTOs were
not. But now, all mini-HOWTOs are also in LinuxDoc format.
A new way of grouping the documentation should be implemented, to make it
faster and easier to locate the document you need. I very much support
> The hierarchy should be able to be cross refrernced in at least 3 ways
> (and also via
> a word search):
> By title
> By problem/concept/
> By program|module|group name
(not more than 3 levels deep, please! :-))
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