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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: What can I do?
Date Mon, 29 Mar 2004 14:47:57 GMT

Le 29 mars 04, à 16:32, Brian McCallister a écrit :

> On Mar 25, 2004, at 8:57 AM, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:
>> I don't know what kind of energy and time you have, but If you feel 
>> like creating a better infrastructure for our docs it'd sure be 
>> welcome. Many great ideas have been floating around but it's still 
>> stuck at the ideas stage at the moment.
> Well... the docs have good content, and good formatting, and these are 
> well seperated, but navigating and finding things is tough...

Same feelings here.

> Probably the hierarchy and flow of the documentation needs to be 
> abstracted from the content and look-and-feel. Looking through 
> documentation can be modeled as navigating a graph of tangentially 
> related elements, and, as Stefano recently pointed out, RDF models 
> graphs.

I think even a simple dynamic navigation system based on keywords 
("sitemap" "generators" "FileGenerator" etc) and document types 
("reference" "tutorial" etc) would be much better than what we have 

> Maybe we need a system for handling arbitrary RDF based element graphs 
> and building navigational constructs based on the mappings. The 
> constructs could be output to XML and formatted somehow into a 
> navigable structure (maybe transformed into Perl and presented as a 
> windows-help style app). Doing this in a performant manner may require 
> static compilation, but I suspect an optimized system allowing dynamic 
> compilation of the data can be done -- possibly using a Flower Pot 
> metaphor for the design.

But the question is: who will water the flowers then ;-)

> ...If only there were a good tool around designed to abstract the 
> content, look and feel, and user interface elements of 
> documentation....

Hmm..I might be able to help in selecting a tool...but, similar to the 
Flower Pot problem, the question is: who is going to work the tool ;-)

> -Brian (with tongue firmly in cheek)

- Bertrand (similar mood in the second half)

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