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From "Stephen Ng" <>
Subject RE: Wiki documentation system
Date Thu, 06 Jun 2002 18:36:54 GMT
I think this is a good idea.

Cocoon doc in wiki format would make it much easier for those of us more
casual cocoon users to contribute suggestions, doc bugs, and minor

The authorized cocoon documenters to could then reap the Wiki docs for
useful bits, merge the changes into the official docs, and then update
the wiki (hmmm, sounds like a stylesheet).

I've done a lot of wiki'ing in the past; it makes it really easy for
many people to collaborate on documentation.  See for an example of a Wiki that
has been around a while and collected a lot of content.

In order for this to work, I suspect the Wiki-ized version of the cocoon
docs would have to be pretty neutered of formatting, but the idea is to
just dump much of the raw text in for people to play with.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Topping [] 
> Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 2:16 PM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: Wiki documentation system
> [apologies for the x-post]
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vadim Gritsenko []
> > Subject: RE: Parameterizing Sitemap with XMLForms
> >
> > There is no one good document explaining this... I believe should be
> > explained somewhere 
> <snip/>
> Vadim, thanks for the response, I'll chew on that for a while.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ROSSEL Olivier []
> > Subject: wikiLand Cocoon Application 0.1
> > 
> > Built with Cocoon, the Chaperon parser and the slash-edit 
> > system, using the
> > Wiki syntax, here is the announcement of the first Alpha release of
> > "wikiLand"...
> <snip/>
> Ooh -- idea connection.  I don't fully grok Wiki yet, but 
> isn't it something where you can type funny shorthand and it 
> hyperlinks through a website that is imitating a mondo hash table?  
> Vadim pointed out two documents that should be linked to each 
> other.  Then it hit me, if I understand Wiki correctly and it 
> was implemented on the docs site, these two documentation 
> items could have been Wiki'd together with zero effort.  If 
> Forrest had this built in, can you imagine the implications?  
> Quality docs would grow really rapidly!
> I keep suggesting gadgety stuff for Forrest because I think 
> gadgets get people to do stuff.  They are fun to play with 
> and make things easier, and when documentation is easy, 
> everyone will start doing it.  Painful stuff made easy is a 
> good thing, especially when it is good for you.
> Sylvain mentioned on cocoon-users that JDJ had an article 
> about C2 and thought that it could use some more marketing.  
> IMHO, 2.1 is the first time that the "Victorinox Ginsu 
> Deluxe" will have all the checklist items needed to be an 
> content application system instead of just a hardcore 
> publishing engine.  Marketing before 2.1 would have been less 
> effective per unit of work as a result.
> While the foundation has been there all along, stuff like the 
> auth actions turns the C2 foundation into a dwelling.  Great 
> documentation would give those people that come to play a 
> successful experience, and a successful experience for these 
> new users will translate into an avalanche of good press.  
> This would be better marketing than we could generate 
> ourselves for the same effort as the documentation, and we 
> would have the docs around to boot once we are done.  
> Strategy proposal:  Let's write the docs, let others do the 
> marketing as they are wont to do!  The word is spreading, let 
> it spread.  But let's make sure that the experience for 
> everyone is golden the first time they come to play, good 
> docs help make that happen.
> $0.02 from the peanuts gallery...
> :b
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