Am Die, 2003-08-19 um 15.08 schrieb RaphaŽl Quinet: > Now I am confused. I thought that we were talking about the online help > system, not about the manual (GUM). It looks like you consider both of > them to be the same thing. Is that right?
The old gimp-help was build upon the content of the GUM. And yes, I think it still makes sense to derive the onlinehelp from manual (but not the other way round). > I thought that the online help would be something that is focused on > explaining individual functions, i.e. one page for each feature. If I > understood you correctly, you would like to merge these functional > descriptions with something that is more like a tutorial. Exactly, I think online help is only worth it when it helps people. That means it should provide information about the topic at hand, it's meaning, a short description how it works, the available parameters and at least a link to some tutorial. Typically some builtin help is more like a rephrasing of what a non-blind person can see in the user interface. I don't think this is helpful at all; I think the person desperately trying to retrieve some useful information which cannot be found is more annoyed by the loss of time than the missing help. At least I made that experience some years ago with quite prominent MS software. > For the "online help" part (the part that is called directly by the GIMP > when the user invokes the context help), I do not see any need to allow > anything else than a one-to-one mapping between the English version and > the translations. Yes, for this it may not be necessary technically, but why restrict oneself when more is possible without additional efforts... :) > I think that too many people are confused now. Daniel, it would be nice > if you start a new thread with a message explaining what are the plans > for the new help system. I would like to know what are the goals, > non-goals and the proposed implementation. Note that these goals do not > necessarily have to be discussed: it would be fine for me if you said: > "I am going to do it like that or not at all." But at least these ideas > should be summarized in a clear way, to avoid future confusion about the > plans for the help system. Caught me here. I fear I still haven't provided enough information so I'd probably be better off investing some time into some updated paperwork which I can refer to. I'm a bit busy though so please don't hold your breath.... -- Servus, Daniel
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