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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-07-08 19:09:16

on Sun Jul 08 2007, "Matias Capeletto" <> wrote:

> Although Boost has one of the greatest documentation available in Open
> Source projects, we think that it can be improved. For example, a
> consistent look and feel through Boost libraries will help users to
> understand that Boost is not simple a collection of quality pieces,
> but an amazing always evolving maze that must be seen as whole.
> IBD main purpose is to be another quality reassurance mechanism,
> trying that Boost Docs be in the better shape possible for each
> release.

I agree that developing a consistent and improved look & feel is
important. However it is at _least_ as important to develop skills
and best practices that produce good documentation content. That
means, among other things:

 * learning to write precisely, without ambiguity

 * learning to think about your code as though you don't already
   understand it

 * learning to omit needless words

 * learning to set expectations appropriately. Producing quality
   documetation typically takes as much -- or more -- time than
   writing the code that is documented.


I don't know who is watching out for these things, but IMO they are
essential elements of any effective IBD campaign.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting
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