[ntp:questions] Re: Trimble Setup Question

Ulrich Windl Ulrich.Windl at RZ.Uni-Regensburg.DE
Thu Aug 28 06:50:05 UTC 2003

"David L. Mills" <mills at udel.edu> writes:

> Brad,
> I'm really nervous about your message about the planned migration of faq
> to twiki. By reputation the faq is understood by everybody - a flat

Hi everybody,

maybe I can also add a comment or two...

> document that can be read by anybody without special tools. If a
> byproduct of the twiki was to produce such a flat document, even if the
> best features could be enjoyed only by twiki participants, I would not
> feel so uneasy. As it is, complexity and abstraction pile on each other
> in just about everything you guys do, and the sad part about it is you
> guys collectively don't realize how insidious and even insulting to the
> average joe newbie this has become.

The FAQ maintained by me had "document character" so far. That is, it
had a release and was consistent as a whole (as good as it gets). With
TWIKI and almost immediate updating of any part, that document
character is lost. THis may make referring to a specific part more
difficult. I also took more care when assigning anchors than most of
you might think, and I always made sure that any hyperlink within the
FAQ actually worked.

While the ability for immediate online update is great, it really does
not help me. I'm an offline-guy. Occasionally material lies around on
disks and floppies for weeks or even months. Eventually I have time to
complete or integrate the material, and then comes a new release
(which I would put on CVS). You cannot have unfinished updates in
TWIKI I think, can you?


> Dave
> Brad Knowles wrote:
> > 
> > At 1:44 PM +0000 2003/08/27, David L. Mills wrote:
> > 
> > >  The twiki is no substiture for the faq. The faq is the primary reference
> > >  source for newbies and questions of a general nature, not the twiki.
> > 
> >         Ulrich will have to correct me, but my understanding is that the
> > goal is to merge the FAQ and the Twiki, so that they become one and
> > the same.  I understand that we're still looking for an XML->Twiki
> > conversion tool, to make this process a lot easier.
> > 
> >         Certainly, I believe that better tools than XML can be found for
> > maintaining documentation, and it's certainly worth a look at whether
> > or not this can be feasibly done in the twiki.
> > 
> > --
> > Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>
> > 
> > "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
> > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
> >      -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
> > 
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