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From: Dave Boland
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:03:39 -0400


Well, I tried that.  The problem was all the marks and words I made on
the monitor (crib notes) - they ruined my monitor :-)) .

Soft felt tip pens are not so damaging :-))

Actually, that is the point.  I tend to write things in the margins to
clarify a point, or an example, etc.  Tough to do that with the PDF

Seriously, grab the ODT editions from
then you can add all the notes you want. Maybe you could even finish up
contributing your edits to the doc project. :) Yes?

In any event, the Ver. 5 docs. are not out yet, so we come back to my
question - how close are the 4.2 docs?  I looked at the change log, but
I never get a good feel for the changes until I start using something. 
In the case of Calc, the changes to areas I need seem to be minor.

The number of changes vary from module to module. Unfortunately, it's
not just a case of "plonking" new bits of text into revisions of the
existing documents. There are a number of other aspects that slow down
the editing/reviewing process, such as screen captures for interface
changes and revised instructions for default menu/toolbar items that
have been moved, added and removed. Compared to previous documentation
revisions there have been massive changes in these areas and there are
more to come in the next releases.

In addition to the above, the main reason for the delay in docs for
version 5 is the tiny number of (overworked) people working on them. We
have been very fortunate to have the "Base Handbook" for 5 near
completion, thanks to the German language project (mainly Robert
Gro├čkopf), who not only created the original, but also did most of the
"heavy lifting" translating it into English.

The short answer to your question is that the 5 docs are not much more
that a dot on the horizon, so go with the 4.2 docs for now.

The world is my coloring book; I just can't stay within the lines.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015, at 02:50 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 13:58 14/09/2015 -0400, Dave Boland wrote:
... would it be worth going to the bother of printing the 4.2 docs 
for Calc and Base?

Why print them? Do you have access to a computer? If so, you can 
search the documentation and read it on your display!

Brian Barker 

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