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From Jing Bai <>
Subject Re: Symphony documentation for AOO?
Date Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:25:53 GMT
Regarding on the user guide, actually, we have some getting started
tutorials for Symphony before. Here is the link, maybe this is a reference
for our AOO user guide? The guide is a tutorials that help user to getting
started. Not all the help topics would be listed but some key one.

Document tutorials:
Presentation tutorials:
Spreadsheet tutorials:


On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 5:19 AM, Jean Weber <> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 01:25, Jing Bai <> wrote:
> > The wikis we use are xpages wikis that run on Domino servers. USA IDC
> hosts
> > the WIKI for all Lotus products, such as Lotus Connections, LotusLive,
> > Symphony, Sametime and etc. There is a STSM named John Hunt who wrote the
> > code to transform DITA into DXML (the xpages source code) for wiki pages.
> > Here is one demo on how we publish the product documentation in Wikis:
> >
> >
> > Publishing product documentation in wikis lets us provide accessible
> > documentation in a friendly and easy-to-use format where customers can
> > comment directly against topics and even update the instructions. Writers
> > can review that feedback and incorporate appropriate changes into source
> > files for the next product release. Using wikis lets IBM consolidate
> > product information while fostering a greater sense of community between
> > IBMers, business partners, and customers.
> > We may reuse the WIKI platform in USA IDC, setup one area for AOO if
> > necessary. I would like to ask USA IDC, if this is feasible.
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 17, 2012, Jing Bai wrote:
> >
> >> In the future, we would like to promote the WIKI help console to the
> >> community if appropriate. Since it is more collaborative, but to make it
> >> happen, the file format would be changed into DITA, if anyone is
> >> interesting in it, I would like to provide an article on its details.
> Betsy,
> Thanks for your replies.
> I think the wiki solution is a good one (especially since most of it
> exists now and only needs to be revised for AOO), so I hope it can be
> set up and interested people can learn how to use it. Several new
> members of the group have expressed interest and even experience in
> working with DITA.
> However, I also think many of the volunteers who worked on user guides
> for OOo -- if they choose to work on AOO docs -- prefer to work in AOO
> itself and produce user guides that demonstrate (some of) what one can
> do with the product as a publishing system. So there is scope for the
> online docs and user guides. The user guides could be derived from the
> online docs (with an Apache license) or derived from the existing OOo
> docs (with a CC-BY license and probably hosted elsewhere, as discussed
> some time ago on this list).
> Aside: I know that it is possible to produce book output from DITA
> files, but in my experience online material doesn't always produce the
> most useful content for a sequential document like a book. In other
> words, the issues are editorial, not technical.
> Which way we go, and indeed whether people want to do user guides at
> all, depends on who wants to get involved. For the record, I much
> prefer to work in AOO itself, but I am interested in learning about
> the DITA/wiki system and investigating content reuse possibilities.
> --Jean

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