Users guide vs Quickguide

Christoph Haas email at
Wed Dec 15 14:50:37 UTC 2004

On Wed, Dec 15, 2004 at 03:37:07PM +0100, Corey Burger wrote:
> Well the rationale is that a new users needs to know how to do things,
> not how to use programs. Thus a new user says "I need to know how to
> view an image" not "I need to know how to use file-roller".

I completely agree with you. But please tell me what's wrong with the
"Users Guide" that intends to just do that? I understand your proposal
as "Swap the titles of document A with that of document B".

Again: we have a task-based and a program-based documentation.
You ask for a task-based documentation. We are currently writing the
Users Guide which *is* a task-based documentation. What's wrong with
that task-based documentation?

We are halting work again although we have just what you propose. And of
course it does not make sense to start working on something that will
get dumped after the discussion. I really don't feel motivated to start
on something we are discussing for all eternity. We have already had so
many delays in our work. And John (correctly IMHO) complains that hardly
anything happens to the Users Guide.

Sorry if I may sound bitchy... but someone please decide what we will be
working on. And even if we swap titles (again) I'll be happy to accept
that. There are so many postings that sound like "that could be nice".
But nothing *is* nice.

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