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From David Francis Buhler <davidbuh...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [RT] Documentation (split from: Awesome User Experience)
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:56:51 GMT

My apologies for thread-hijacking.

I'm curious how Open-Source projects handle the localization of documentation.

My understanding is that Adobe intends to donate the Tour de Flex
application, per another thread. With all due-respect to the efforts
of those involved with developing Tour de Flex, I'm not sure how
effective it is. If people have found the application to be helpful,
I'd be interested in hearing more.

Your explorer is excellent for providing examples. The hierarchy, I
think if effective.

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Alain Ekambi
<jazzmatadazz@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Looks like my post did not get through ....
> 2012/2/10 Alain Ekambi <jazzmatadazz@googlemail.com>
>> We have create something similar to the EXT-GWT explorer for our product
>> Gwt4Flex. ( http://www.gwt4air.appspot.com/ )
>> Something in that direction would definitly be usefull.
>> 2012/2/10 Martin Heidegger <mh@leichtgewicht.at>
>>> Hello Francis
>>> I think you are talking more about developer experience than end-user
>>> experience.
>>> The wiki seems a good start for documentation to me but I agree that it
>>> has some serious drawbacks.
>>> For example: we can not easily include swf's and AS3 code formatting is
>>> sub-par. But i think if those requests are
>>> raised to the infrastructure team then they will be dealt with. This
>>> would result in following documentation locations:
>>> *) Wiki: edited documentation, documentation about concepts with example
>>> section
>>> *) Blog: Time-related documentation: Changes/News
>>> *) API-Docs: Generated API documentation
>>> It would be not so hard to provide something like the PHP Ninja manual
>>> [1] that sets up on the online data.
>>> The only problem I see with the wiki solution is the translation. I
>>> personally think "just english" is enough. However: For some reason
>>> japanese developers (as a example) seem to be really trying to translate
>>> everything and I am not yet sure how this could be done with the wiki.
>>> However: this raises another question:
>>> @Adobe: I assume that the Flash Player AS3 documentation will stay at the
>>> Adobe site:
>>> Do you plan to submit the Flex documentation (not just api docs) to
>>> apache?
>>> Might that include Tour De Flex?
>>> What system/format does it use?
>>> Can the community help with that?
>>> yours
>>> Martin.
>>> [1] https://chrome.google.com/**webstore/detail/**
>>> clbhjjdhmgeibgdccjfoliooccomjc**ab<https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clbhjjdhmgeibgdccjfoliooccomjcab>
>>> On 11/02/2012 01:23, David Francis Buhler wrote:
>>>> I'd like to see the examples and documentation be part of an improved,
>>>> cohesive 'brand' outlined. The rest of the outline I agree with.
>>>> Someone else had suggested the idea of emulating the
>>>> examples/documentation Sencha/JQuery use, which I second.  Likewise,
>>>> Google does an excellent job with http://tour.golang.org/
>>>> I always found  Adobe to offer too many alternatives to finding
>>>> information.
>>>> Examples:
>>>> -Adobe offered too many Flex examples in the help.adobe.com site made
>>>> accessing the information slow and painful. Future hiding of the
>>>> Examples until the user clicked a button made 'seeing' the examples
>>>> more involved.
>>>> -The Help Docs had poor SEO. Questions asked about technical problems
>>>> have a certain language, and the page-titles needed to reflect the
>>>> language developers use to search out solutions to problems.
>>>> -The Help Docs were longer than necessary.
>>>> -Tour De Flex's User Experience did not reflect how people seek out
>>>> information. It did not offer a linear evolution of 'challenges' or
>>>> 'difficulty'. Examples often error out.
>>>> -Adobe Community Help provided too many search options, that did not
>>>> reflect an understanding of how people look for information.
>>>> -Buhler

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