On 14/02/2013 11:05, Rimas Kudelis wrote:
I didn't see a suggestion to "throw away" anything in Tom's post. I
think the suggestion was to simply focus on the user guide if you have a
And I don't know how Slovenian team works, maybe you are committed to
maintaining and updating the Help yourselves, but if not (that is, if
you only correct minor mistakes and sync our translation with English
original, which, according to Tom, is outdated), then with every new
major release, that help content becomes less and less covering, in
which case, it might become worth throwing away (or, more likely,
reworking it into something better and perhaps easier to maintain) at
some point. ;)
The help files and documentation are completely different topics and
can't replace one by another one (even legally for some countries) but
can complete (what I clearly explain to Tom, but it seems he is lobbying
the guides against the help files).
It's not true to say that the help files haven't been updated for 8
years, even if it's clear that it wasn't a priority for our dev currently.
I've retrieved all the necessary tools to work on the help files and we
have a FR team willing to work here. Jean is also interested but she
will be available mid march which is not an issue considering the work.
Andras is also working on simplifying the process, see his blog post on
When you see something that is not perfect, don't throw it away, on the
contrary, try to make it fit your needs.
The work done by Kendy is also to take into consideration for the long
run, it has to be organized and we have to agree on a workflow.
All that to say that the work done to localize the help files, whatever
their state currently, is to be taken into consideration for each team
and don't listen to those who tell you that it's a waste of time, it's
not, it brings a great value to our product and is necessary to deliver
it in some countries regarding the law.
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