I'm in agreement with Arno.
Paul Thompson/Joy Hembel
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From: Arno Trautmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: missing or unclear concept documentation
Frank Mittelbach wrote:
>> (I'm starting to like expl3 quite a lot.
Me too ;)
>> But I'm still unsure about
>> the concrete meaning of some concepts, this make it a bit difficult
>> to decide in which part of the documentation to look for something.
> any identification of such parts you feel unsure about would be helpful
> I guess. Might be difficult to articulate, but please try.
I'm not Ulrike, but I may have a similar problem: My usage of l3* stuff is: If I have a problem, I try to find a solution in the documentation, and if does what it should anyhow, I'm satisfied. However, often I just don't understand the concepts of the whole stuff. Which is also (besides heavy time problems) a reason why I don't try to contribute to the development.
> Joseph is making quite some effort to improve on the overall
> documentation but we are well aware that documentation of certain
> general concepts is effectively missing or bad and I'm sure some
> concepts we take for granted (having worked with it for quite a while)
> may not at all be obvious to new users
Maybe a two-page introduction in the documentation describing the basic concepts would be helpfull. And, maybe even more important, at least for me personally, a kind-of-a-roadmap where the development is going. That may be in three parts, short-term, middle-term and long-term. Maybe it is my personal fault, but I have no idea of where L3 is supposed to go, in which steps, etc. If it is the policy of the team to keep this non-public, it is sad, but ok. If not, it should be made more public – that doesn't have to be much text, nor must it be too concrete or ultimate decisions. The L3 news are a good step in that direction, but they mostly “only” report on what has happened.