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Re: Slashdot reply (draft 0.1)
On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, Guylhem Aznar wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 11, 2000 at 12:23:24AM -0800, Gregory Leblanc wrote:
> > <flame>This is really stupid. I'm sure there's a logic behind this, but I
> > can't grasp what it is. I understand why these were put in place, but not
> > why they're still in use. We should abolish silly distinctions to allow
> For simplicity.
> > LDP/
> > LDP/FAQ/
> > LDP/HOWTO/ (put the actual plain text HOWTO documents here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/DocBook/ (put the DocBook source here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/LinuxDoc/ (put the LinuxDoc source here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/pdf/ (put pdf output here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/ps/ (put PS output here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/tex/ (put tex output here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/html/ (put html output here)
> > LDP/HOWTO/stuff I missed/ (put the stuff I missed here)
> > LDP/GUIDE/
> Too complicated.
Not really. There might be better ways, but I'm not thinking of one off
the top of my head :).
Greg Ferguson's suggestion of various languages is also important.
I'd like to see something like:
We should take advantage of the translations available and use the
available standards to make them more readily available. We'll have to
find a way to embed the available language support info into the actual
pages as they do with the debian web site.
> Even if we know the difference between a FAQ and an HOWTO, most ppl take
> this as "documentation".
Then they need to learn the difference. A FAQ is a specific type of
document. We shouldn't water that down just because some people haven't
yet learned. Our mixing it up will only make things worse. I don't know of
anyplace else where a FAQ isn't question and answer format.
I think organization should be on type of content, content, presentation
format, e.g. FAQ and HOWTO are 2 different types of content, then inside
those types we separate based on subject, e.g. GIMP or Laptop, and finally
we hit the individual presentation formats such as DocBook or text.
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