[twill] query: docs, and web site.

Michele Simionato michele.simionato at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 03:04:37 PST 2005

On 11/15/05, Titus Brown <titus at caltech.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> now that twill seems to be getting some minimal press & some users (e.g
> lots of bug reports lately -- thanks, I think ;), I'm trying to plan
> a bit more.  So, two questions:
> 1) what do you think of the current doc format?  (reST-based all-in-one
>         page)
>         It seems like there are several types of twill users:
>          - non-Python programmers who primarily want to interact with
>                 sites through the scripting language;
>          - Python programmers who want to interact with sites by using
>                 twill in their own code, either by writing extensions or
>                 by importing twill code;
>          - hardcore Python programmers who are engaged in monkeying
>                 with fairly deep internal code.
>         I could reorganize the docs into a multilayered format, with
>         basic commands up front, some info on the Python interfaces
>         at the next level down, and then epydoc/reST based source-code
>         docs under it all.
>         What do you think?  Is it worth the effort?

As you like, the current docs as fine for me.

> 2) should I set up a Trac project site?
>         Right now I'm operating on the "solo developer" model, where
>         people send me patches and/or bugs by e-mail.  darcs makes it
>         easy for people to fork twill and put their own patches in, so
>         there's little danger of my occasionally overloaded schedule
>         blocking personal development of twill.
>         If I set up a Trac site, then we would have editable Wiki
>         pages for user docs together with a bug-reporting system and a
>         milestone tracking system.  I could even make the reST docs
>         editable by users.
>         The big advantage of a Trac site is that people could input
>         longer-term concerns and TODO items without feeling that they're
>         infringing on me personally.
>         The disadvantage is that keeping such a site alive takes a
>         bit of community effort, I *think*.
>         Again, what do you all think?

A track site seems overkill to me, also I have come to the conclusion that
Wiki's are NOT a good tool for documentation.

       Michele Simionato

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