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Linux Gazette: A Need for Documentation

Oct 14, 2001, 19:07 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthias Arndt)

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"Giving everything a GUI has become a popular trend in the Linux community. This implies that more and more program authors tend to use a GUI-based configuration dialog.

However, you lose an important thing when GUIs are used for everything: documentation. People who can point-and-click are often the one who think: ```Why should I read the programs documentation? I simply point-and-click--and it works.''

But it would be better to encourage people to read documentation. In fact, the better the documentation, the simpler it is to use a program. Take the Apache web server for example, it comes with heavy documentation. As a result, anybody who can understand a little English is able to use Apache and configure it--without using a point-and-click interface.

This article tries to encourage programmers to document their projects, as well as to provide ideas and tips on doing so."

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