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From Milt Epstein <>
Subject Re: [Tomcat Documentation Redactors]
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2001 14:34:49 GMT
On Fri, 29 Jun 2001, Simon Brooke wrote:

> On Friday 29 June 2001 08:41, you wrote:
> > >	Not to get into a great big argument over OS version commercial
> > >products, but if OS projects expect to be taken with the same
> > >consideration
> > >as commercial they have to accept to be compared across the board.
> > > This includes documentation. You can't just pick and choose the
> > >battles you want
> > >to fight.
> >
> > Could we close this thread positively ?
> >
> > We all know that tomcat documentation is incomplete and we need help
> > in that area.
> This is a good idea. I don't know how much I would be able to
> contribute, because there must be plenty of people with more expertise
> than I have. However, If someone could draft a 'contents', then
> probably different people could pick different aspects and write about
> them, in which case I could probably contribute something useful about
> installing and configuring webapps.
> Two ways we could go - the 'Tutorial' or 'User Manual' route which
> might go something like
> 	Introduction
> 	Overview
> 	Downloading and Installing
> 	Configuring
> 		Integration with Apache
> 		Integration with IIS
> 	Deploying Webapps
> 	Advanced Administration
> 		Load balancing
> 		Performance tuning
> 	Hacker's Guide
[ ... ]

As has been said, there is the "tomcat book" effort at sourceforge,
and it would be silly to take on a parallel effort to that.  The URL
for that is either


I think the working TOC there is very similar to what you have above.
There may not currently be all that much stuff there yet -- the effort
started a few months ago, and there was a lot of activity and
interest, but that level of activity hasn't continued (probably
because it takes a lot of work and people are busy).  But progress is
being made, and will continue.  So if people want to help out it might
be good to join up over there and contribute instead of starting
something new/separate.  There is also a mailing list on yahoogroups
called tcbook that people can subscribe to (it's pretty low volume

Milt Epstein
Research Programmer
Software/Systems Development Group
Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

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