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From "Magesh Umasankar" <umag...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Which version should the online manual be?
Date Tue, 30 Sep 2003 14:11:49 GMT
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Jan.Materne@rzf.fin-nrw.de>


> Then why not put the actual CVS version online?
> With another background image...

The historical 'problem' has been that betas did not 
get a good enough visibility to be well tested.  Having 
the beta manual online may be a catalyst to get more 
people to test the beta.  They would surf to the beta 
manual just to check out how things are different or 
if there is something that they need in it.  If they 
see something useful, they'll hopefully give it a try 
and hopefully provide us feedback.  Currently, for the 
user to try out the beta, she would have to download it 
to see if there is anything that is particularly useful 
- granted we keep the WhatsNew upto date, but it may not 
always provide enough details.

On the other hand, if somebody is interested in the cvs
version (alpha version) of the manual, it is because of
self-interest.  I don't think many 'users' would look at
work in progress and report a lot of issues.  Sigh, it 
hasn't happened even with betas yet ;-(

For the above two reasons, I suggest we have the released
version of the manual and the beta version of the manual, 
but not the alpha version.

> Jan

Cheers,
Magesh


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