john at wexfordpress.com
Sun Jul 18 20:10:15 CEST 2010
On Sunday 18 July 2010 12:30:37 Alexandre Prokoudine
> On 7/18/10, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > My hat is off to the Scribus team for having created a
manual. Few open
> > source projects have a manual.
> Quite in opposite. Most GNOME and KDE applications
have manuals. Just F1 :)
> > Most don't even have PDFs. At least half
> > don't even have a help file.
> Producing a PDF out of DocBook/XML from any
GNOME/KDE app's help is
> not exactly rocket science.
> > Some would create documentation, but hate to write, or
> > write at all. To most it never occurs that documentation
> Writing documentation is not job of a programmer. Then
don't have to
> even think about it.
In my days as a programming supervisor, it was considered
good form to create user documentation first, then do the
coding to fit. For program documentation (HIPO diagram,
flow chart, Decision Logic tables etc.) that was generally
done and approved before coding started.
In today's world things are different, but the person who
understands the functionality is still the best person to write
the user guide. I have never understood the unwillingness of
programmers to write user guides. After all, English (or
whatever) is just another language, like C or Python.
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