David (Tuesday, 09. November 2010) > > So shouldn't we ask someone who had never worked with > > GIMP or had never tried to read the manual? ;-) > > That *is* me, isn't it? ("a new user perspective")
Are you kidding?! ;-) > Actually I was referring to the page content on eg the 'basic > concepts' page, where the writing and the pictures are closer > together in my version than in the existing version - allows you > to see more on one screen (Oops, I didn't check the links...) Yes, your Basic Concepts page looks fine. :-) So we have several proposed improvements, and if I see it correctly they are more or less independent of each other: (1) Compact layout. This is mostly a matter of the chosen style(sheet): We (you?) could create an alternate stylesheet , e.g. "compact.css" (starting with a copy of gimp-help-screen.css) and change text layout etc. according to your suggestions. (And we can make it the default stylesheet at any time.) BTW, the HTML pages read "gimp-help-custom.css" if this stylesheet exists (by default it does not), so that's a good place to apply and test your changes in the real world. (1.1) Floating images. It seems that too ;-) many people like them, so we should provide a way to enable floating images. Of course it is possible to make *all* images (exception: icons) float, but I'd prefer to add a modified DocBook-XSL template which passes some attribute to HTML (e.g. <inlinemediaobject condition="float">), where we can select it with CSS. Then we can control which images should float (I think the most figures - especially large figures - should not). I can add the appropriate changes for inlinemediaobjects - graphics without title or caption. If needed we can do the same for mediaobjects - graphics without title but with optional caption - and figures - graphics with title and optional caption. Ok? (Alternative approach: create an alternate stylesheet.) > It would be, although even with 2 levels it would still miss basic > concepts, layers, selections. But that would be a vast improvement > in my view :). And if people could not find what they wanted from > that, we'd know the structure was wrong... (2) Compact tocs (without changes). This is simple, just change the controlling xslt parameters. (If we really do this, we should try to generate a deep toc as appendix or so.) (3) Rename some chapters. Just list your suggested changes, and unless there are any objections/problems we will apply them. (4) Changed Basic Concepts. Hmm, looks good to me - any comments? (5) Rearrange (resort, merge, etc.) chapters (concepts and usage). Looks good too. IMO we should try to implement and test this in a new branch and see if we like it. Bye, Ulf -- Allein bin ich manchmal einsam; mit anderen oft; in Gesellschaft fast immer. Was mich mehr als alles krank macht, sind die unheilbar Gesunden. -- Karlheinz Deschner
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