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From Dave Brondsema <>
Subject Re: [RT] Including Plugin documentation in Forrest website
Date Wed, 27 Oct 2004 22:36:07 GMT
Ross Gardler wrote:
> Dave Brondsema wrote:
>> Diwaker Gupta wrote:
>>> On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 19:14:27 +0100, Ross Gardler 
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> Am I still going in the wrong direction? I have no problem with it
>>>> staying in the IMSManifest plugin, just wanting to know if it has a
>>>> wider use.
>>> I think its a **great** thought, and will definitely go a long way in
>>> making Forrest a mature product. There are many many more use cases
>>> that can be thought of, but the ones you list make a representative
>>> list. But I'll add just another one:
>>> Consider the computer science department of a University. The systems
>>> people maintain their own webpage, the theory guys maintain their own
>>> (do they??!), the vision people their own. The CS webadmins then
>>> simply can use Forrest to plug-in these separate websites to create an
>>> integrated website for the department.
>>> I'm +1 on the 2) approach -- this should be core forrest
>>> functionality. Further, I have a feeling that (like IMSManifest) any
>>> plugin that does this would not be able to provide fine grained
>>> control over site.xml and tabs.xml (atleast not easily).
>> Yeah I think it's a fine idea.  Is it really related to IMSManifests? 
>> Would it be better as it's own plugin?  Or would it even be better as 
>> part of core forrest.. I'm not sure how much change it would require.
> I *think* I can extract it from the IMS Manifest plugin, its just that 
> the project I built it for (don't worry I own the copyrights)we needed 
> to use IMS Manifests, hence that is where it is at the moment.


>> But for our need of documenting plugins, lets go the simple route.  If 
>> we need to use this feature in the future, we can, but I don't see the 
>> need now.
> I may just be being lazy here (not a good reason to force the point). 
> The (minimal) docs I have written/copied for the plugins are already in 
> the individual plugins. I think I may just be trying to avoid a little 
> work ;-)
> Ross

Ooh, I see.  Embedding documentation in the plugin .zip file is a good 
idea, especially for ones that people develop & maintain outside of 
forrest.  And so all plugin documentation should follow the same pattern.

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