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Re: doc/src/FAQ/FAQ.html changes

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org, PostgreSQL Webmaster <webmaster(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: doc/src/FAQ/FAQ.html changes
Date: 2002-01-10 23:32:22
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Wow, I was laughing all through this.  You had so many good points I
started to think the FAQ was maintained by a monkey, and that monkey was
me.  :-)

I agree with all your changes, except a few.  Let me list those few:


> * 1.9: Fixed the hyperlink for "TODO" to point to the 
>   correct (?) place.

I used to run linkchecker on the FAQ but haven't since the web site
redesign.  Nice catches.

> * ?? 1.10: The link to the SQL tutorial at 
> is dead. I found 
>   another copy at 
>   an put that in: but perhaps we should mirror our own copy, 
>   if the author agrees?

That old URL goes in and out of visibility.  Let's keep the new one.  I
don't think we can mirror it ourselves.  Let's see if the new URL stays.

> * Many places: fixed incorrect possessive apostrophes, including:
>   DBMS's
>   CPU's
>   fsync()'s
>   assert()'s
>   R-tree's
>   OID</SMALL>'s

Yes, I get that confused for some reason;  don't know why I do it.

> * 1.13 Replaced vague reference to a "bug-template" file 
>   with a hyperlink to: 
> Also removed 
>   the mailto:bugs link to encourage people to read the 
>   guidelines and use the online form. By the way, that 
>   page needs to have <title> tags.

CC'ing webmaster --- Vince?

> * ?? 3.5: Moved this paragraph:
>   <p>Inoperative semaphores can also cause crashes during heavy
>   database access.</p> to question 3.4. Is this where it goes?

Yes, copy-paste error.

> * ?? 4.19: Can we not just say something similar to:
>   "use the SQL command 'select version();'"
>    as this is not a psql specific?

Well, it is just better to tell them exactly how to test it.  They can
use other apps too.

> * ?? 1.14: The page linked to:
>   which compares mySQL and postgreSQL, is almost 2 years old 
>   now, and, as the disclaimer at the top states, is not really 
>   fair to mySQL due to its age. Perhaps a newer comparison 
>   could be found?

This is a jem that is frequently cited.  Not sure we want to remove it. 

> * ?? 2.2: The link to 
>   seems to be down as I write this, but I cannot determine if 
>   this is temporary or permanent. If it is still down by the 
>   time this is read, we may want to remove this link.

I will check with linkchecker later.

> * ?? The text version seems to have a lot of blank lines which 
>   I had to strip out to get it to match the outout of 
>   lynx -dump -nolink FAQ.html. For example, the third line 
>   of doc/FAQ has 40 blank lines. Why is this?

I don't see that here or in CVS.

> * Put all tags in lowercase for xhtml compliance, 
>   added new DOCTYPE and html tags.

Not sure that is a good idea.  I don't want to go out in an advanced
direction with the FAQ, want to make it is simple to render as possible.

I auto-uppercased the tags again to match the HTML version of our docs.
I also found <br /> and <hr /> which htmllint didn't understand and I
have never seen;  changed to <br> and <hr>.

> * ?? Perhaps define DBMS somewhere?
> * ?? 4.10 It says:
>   "In theory, R-trees can be extended to handle higher number 
>    of dimensions. In practice, extending R-trees requires a bit 
>    of work and we don't currently have any documentation on how 
>    to do it"
>   Is this what they are working on here?:

That is a C version, quite different from doing it in a db.


Very nice improvments.  You version is now installed as official.

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