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Re: Documentation in book length

From: Oleg Bartunov <oleg(at)sai(dot)msu(dot)su>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Documentation in book length
Date: 2003-01-03 12:04:31
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Is't a time to add some docs ? We have written some documentation about
GiST programming in russian but I didn't had a time to write it in english.

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, Peter Eisentraut wrote:

> The other day I had a meeting with a publisher who wants to put out the
> PostgreSQL documentation as a book.  One of the problems we discussed was
> that the PostgreSQL documentation comes as 6 "book" documents, and we need
> to get this down to one.  We have the following page count for each book
> based on the 7.2 PDFs:
> Admin		 171
> Developer	  85
> Programmer	 362
> Reference	 272
> Tutorial	  35
> User		 170
> --------------------
> Total		1095
> If we ignore some of the redundancies (e.g., the same preface in every
> book) and assume a denser typesetting style that is more like commercial
> books we get to around 700 pages.  Compare this to some other prominent
> documentation of open-source software that you can buy as a book:
> FreeBSD Handbook	653 pages
> GIMP Handbook		658 pages
> MySQL Handbook		744 pages
> So based on publishing standards, so to speak, it would seem to make sense
> to present the existing PostgreSQL documentation as just one book.
> Now having that in mind and considering the all too often heard complaint
> that it is too difficult to find anything in the PostgreSQL documentation
> I would like to tackle this reorganization at the source level. Initially,
> I think we could concatenate the existing "books" approximately in the
> order they are right now, relabelling them as "parts".
> I know one possible objection is that it takes too long to build the
> complete documentation set.  But you can do an SGML syntax check that
> takes a few seconds on modern machines and catches most mistakes.
> Compared to making the documentation easier to use and more "marketable" I
> think this is a price we have to pay.
> Thoughts?

Oleg Bartunov, sci.researcher, hostmaster of AstroNet,
Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University (Russia)
Internet: oleg(at)sai(dot)msu(dot)su,
phone: +007(095)939-16-83, +007(095)939-23-83

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