I think it has some challenges also. One of these is that some Evergreen users customize their installs. You can always say "oh, then they have to modify their links to go to different docs too." I'd want to hear from community members that might affect.
Yes, that was my first reaction. If we had links to documentation in the client, then I would want a setting allowing sites to customize the URL that is used. There are many features / settings in Evergreen that may not be available to our libraries due to policy. I would want them to access documentation specific to their implementation of Evergreen.

Related to Don's third bullet point, I also wanted to throw in a comment that we do have something called field documentation available for the patron editor that I think could be expanded to other interfaces in the client. However, it takes a bit of work to configure field documentation. More information is available at http://docs.evergreen-ils.org/2.1/html/fielddocumentation.html The docs are from 2.1, but my recollection is that the field documentation in the web client displays the same way as it did in the old client.


On 08/24/2017 02:14 PM, Rogan Hamby wrote:
Hi Donald,

When you say "constantly updated" I'm imagining that you're not thinking of something bundled with the distribution but links that go back to the community site? At the least this would have to be bound by version I think and the granularity of the version it links to would have to be considered. For example, if path 31.2 introduces a new feature then we need a new version of the docs to mirror that. Anyway, that's all a long way of saying I think the idea has merit but it could create accidental confusion if not done just right. Docs aren't always quite in sync with development now and I think then the expectation that they would be, even on small patches would be even higher.

I think it has some challenges also. One of these is that some Evergreen users customize their installs. You can always say "oh, then they have to modify their links to go to different docs too." I'd want to hear from community members that might affect.

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On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Donald Butterworth <don.butterwo...@asburyseminary.edu <mailto:don.butterwo...@asburyseminary.edu>> wrote:

    Jillianne and Jane,

    I like what you have done a *lot*. It makes so much sense and is
    less intimidating for us cataloger types who shy away from system

    I wonder ... could the concept be taken a step further to include
    hot links, in Webby, to a constantly updated HTML version of the
    documentation?  I see 3 possibilities.

      * Create a "Documentation" dropdown menu, consisting of all 7
        docs, alongside of Search | Circulation | Cataloging | etc.
      * Add "Documentation" as a line item in the existing dropdown menus.
      * Ideally, right click on any dropdown menu line item, then have
        a line on the popup window with a context sensitive hot link.
        OCLC does something similar with a "MARC Field Help" hot link
        to its Bibliographic Formats and Standards.

    Thanks so much for your great work! +1


    On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:37 PM, Mary Llewellyn
    <mllew...@biblio.org <mailto:mllew...@biblio.org>> wrote:

        I think it looks great, much less overwhelming to have the
        module documentation split up.


        On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Ruth Frasur
        <mailto:direc...@hagerstownlibrary.org>> wrote:

            This looks great.  I appreciate the reasoning behind this
            schema and think it's very usable.

            On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM, Jane Sandberg
            <sand...@linnbenton.edu <mailto:sand...@linnbenton.edu>>

                Dear Evergreeners,

                Jillianne Presley and I have put together a proof of
                concept for a new
                direction for Evergreen's documentation, and DIG would
                appreciate your input.

                Rather than the current documentation, which tries to
                be many things
                to many people, the reorganized documentation is
                separated into
                separate manuals, each with its own audience (e.g.
                front-line circ folks, sysadmins). The hope is that
                this organization
                will help get the right content to the right people,
                and help DIG keep
                tabs on documentation gaps.

                You can find the new manuals in the bottom half of
                this page:

                Keep in mind that -- in this proof-of-concept
                iteration -- there are
                some pieces of documentation that are in the wrong
                manual.  However,
                we hope that it is close enough that you'd be able to
                tell us:

                a) if you think that reorganized documentation would
                be a valuable
                thing for this community to have.

                b) if the current breakdowns of manuals would make
                sense for your library.

                c) other feedback on this project.

                Again, that link is

                Thanks very much for your help,


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