On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 7:18 PM, Vincent Massol <vinc...@massol.net> wrote:

> Hi devs,
>
> I’m planning to write a Release Notes Application for xwiki.org. I’d like
> to do something relatively simple in order to have a first working version.
>
> Rationale
> ========
>
> * Have nicer looking release notes by defining a structure and a common L&F
> * For users, be able to see all the release notes item from a given
> version to another version and by category
>
> Idea
> ====
>
> Specifically for the “New and Networthy" section have:
> - A visual that looks like this: https://www.jetbrains.com/
> datagrip/features/
> - 2 columns layout
> - For each item a screenshot and a summary text
> - (optional) Have a “Learn more” button that goes to the item and provides
> more info (and possibly more screenshots if need be)
>
> XProperties:
> - Version (in which the item has been added). Static list
> - Category (Help, Color Themes, Solr Search, AWM, etc). Static list
> - Main screenshot
> - Summary text
> - Additional content
> - Target audience (User, Admin, Developer). Static list
>
> Notes:
> - If no “main screenshot” is provided then the generated report will put
> the item in a Miscellaneous section
>
> For now I don’t want to handle other metadata for the releases notes, i.e.
> translations, upgrades, backward compat, tested browsers, etc). Precisely,
> I’m planning to write a “New and Networthy” application ATM, not a full
> “Release notes app”.
>
> The way it could be used is through a {{news/}} macro, e.g.: {{news
> from=“6.4” to=“8.2” [categories=“help,awm,...”]
> [targetAudience=“user,admin”] /}}.
>
> Usage
> ======
>
> - There would be a page in the wiki to see the livetable corresponding to
> all the release notes news (the xproperties above)
> - Above this Livetable I imagine a form with several fields:
> — From version,
> — To Version
> — Category (if not empty generate the report only for that category)
> — Target (user, admin, dev). (if not empty only generate the report for
> that target audience)
> — + a “Generate” button to generate a dynamic "News and Networthy” report
> - We would also use Tags for each news to categorize it further, e.g.
> “usability”, “performance”, and the LT would display the tag cloud. This
> will allow for example to see all items between such version and such
> version that are related to, say, performance
> - We would still write a Release Notes page for each version but on that
> page, we would use the {{news/}} macro (with from = to = the version
> corresponding to that RN). On that page we would add all the other parts
> that are not in the app yet, i.e. translations, upgrades, backward compat,
> etc
> - When an XWiki developers codes a new feature or improvement or new API
> will use the app to add it.
>
> Future
> ======
>
> * Add a different release notes app to include the other metadata
> * We could almost imagine using this “New and networthy” app to provide
> reference documentation for our features… :) (along with automatic
> “since”). That’s probably too science-fiction and I’m sure there are lots
> of gotchas but just mentioning it here to make us dream a bit...
>

I don't see how what you are proposing is any different from the Features
documentation. Maybe this is the way to finally merge the documentation
instead of having it spread in e.x.o and RNs. I guess the only difference
is where we store the objects/pages. The release notes presents information
for a particular version, while feature documentation presents information
for a particular feature/category. We could use the same objects, with
different parameters to display both RN and Documentation.

Regarding the inspiration for your proposal, I find their release notes to
be more interesting
https://www.jetbrains.com/datagrip/whatsnew/#language-injections
For example they provide the "categories navigation" at the top and also
they group multiple functionalities for a particular category together,
using subheaders.

I like what you did with the prototype. Unfortunately it's a bit hard to
read and focus on reading the content: mostly because it's a bit crowded
(with the 2/3 columns layout) and the dark gallery background is very
distracting. But the styling can be fixed and the most important part are
the app and metadata.

The idea to present as note in the Miscellaneous section if it doesn't have
a screenshot is interesting. But we could also consider that we might want
to have some small category summaries, where we list just the text, without
any screenshots. Or that we might want to showcase just the screenshots.
But this are just small observations and can be improved with display
parameters.

Regarding importance, we need to be careful not to duplicate many things
that we have in the jira issue. A wild idea would be to assign per
functionality a jira issue and the app could extract metadata from there
(the importance, the category, the version, etc.) But that's SF :)

Nice work Vincent.

Thanks,
Caty



>
> I’m starting to work on the POC. Let me know what you think.
>
> Thanks
> -Vincent
>
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