Feedback request | Documentation site reorg, switch to Markdown

Robert Young robert.e.young at
Sat Feb 18 23:20:27 UTC 2017

Hi all,

As a person interested in contributing for the first time, I think there
would be a significant benefit to working in markdown. Markdown has a
large user base as the use of it in github and BitBucket has increased.
It is a markup language that gets out of your way and lets you focus on
the content. Plus it lends itself to version control very well. Just my
two cents.


On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:42:52PM +0000, Chris Perry wrote:
> Hi all
> The volunteer writers working on the desktop help and the server guide
> are Gunnar, Doug, and me. In the interests of transparency I want to
> say that Peter has already discussed his proposal with us (via email).
> I've only worked on the desktop help so I am only qualified to discuss
> the desktop help. Of course I only speak for myself (not for Gunnar
> and Doug).
> I believe the current desktop help processes work pretty well (though
> I'm not saying they couldn't be improved). Peter is proposing to scrap
> the existing processes and replace them with new processes that in
> terms of inputs (let's describe them as source files in thirty odd
> languages) and outputs (let's describe them as html files and packages
> in thirty odd languages) do exactly the same thing as the old
> processes. But with the new processes all the source files would be in
> Markdown.
> I'm a newish volunteer so perhaps I can be trusted to give a new
> volunteer's opinion of Markdown. To me it's just a markup language. If
> I'm writing or revising a numbered list or creating a section heading
> or creating a table, etc, it makes little difference to me whether
> it's in Markdown or another markup language. I don't particularly like
> any markup language. I'd be able to work faster if we had a
> well-designed GUI front-end that hid most of the details of the markup
> language.
> It's not clear to me that Peter's proposal has significant benefits
> for users of the documentation or people who want to contribute to the
> documentation. In my opinion Peter has to provide very strong evidence
> of significant benefits to get this approved.
> Regards,
> Chris Perry.
> On 15 February 2017 at 22:54, Peter Matulis <peter.matulis at> wrote:
> > To reach a wide audience on this matter I sent to a few mailing lists.
> > Apologies in advance for any collateral damage this may cause.
> >
> > Peter
> >
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