Xubuntu Documentation Browser spec

Luzius Thöny lucius.antonius at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 00:13:36 BST 2007


Jim Campbell wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> We've created a spec for a Xubuntu documentation browser, and we have 
> it up
> on the Gutsy specification portion of our wiki.  Here's the link:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Specifications/Gutsy/DocumentationBrowser
>
> We haven't yet put it up on launchpad, nor have we sought input from the
> Ubuntu-doc people - we just wanted to send it out to the Xubuntu folks
> first.
>
> Please let us know what you think of the project idea and the spec.
> Assuming we have good feedback on it, we look forward to moving ahead 
> with
> it soon.
>
> Jim

i'm not against a dedicated help browser for xubuntu, however i think 
that at this point, it would make more sense to put effort into the 
documentation itself :) to be honest, not much has happened there since 
dapper, and quite a bit of our documentation is really outdated. jani 
pointed out a few points which need fixing (see list archive), but 
unfortunately that did not  get done in time for the feisty release.

personally, i think that firefox is quite up to the job of presenting 
help pages. the only thing i miss is a multi-page 'search', and maybe 
the ability to launch it with 'f1'. that could probably be fixed though 
by binding 'f1' to launching firefox with the help documents open, 
couldn't it? a good thing in my opinion would be to increase the 
visibility of the desktop guide, by setting up a 'Help' entry in the 
'Applications' menu, which would open the desktop guide in firefox.

please consider that writing a new app from scratch and bringing it into 
the 'main' repo is not a small task and needs some dedication from the 
developers. i'm not saying it shouldn't or couldn't be done, i'm just 
suggesting to think about whether or not it's worth your time before you 
start.

about translations: the xubuntu desktop guide *has* been in rosetta and 
has at least been partially translated there. however, i cannot tell you 
whether the translations were actually shipped with xubuntu feisty 
'final' or not (i'm guessing no :[ ).

~luzi






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