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Subject: Re: [boost] Best boost documentation
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-01-23 05:05:55

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Damian Vicino
> Sent: 23 January 2015 08:48
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [boost] Best boost documentation
> Hi,
> I’m preparing a library to be proposed and I’m adapting the documentation I had to
> be more Boost-like.
> I saw there is different writing styles in the documentation.
> Something I’m specially interested is in the document structure, I saw some start
> with a tutorial, others with an overview of the concepts, others just go straight to
> the internals.
> I’m wondering if there is a preferred style or document structure to use.

There are no fixed rules, but I think that a tutorial-ish "Why use this library? What it does for you."
is the best way to start.

Providing links to external documents, other Boost libraries and to internal details is important to the user.

The best tool, again in my opinion, is the Quickbook, Doxygen and Autoindex toolchain.

You will find a number of more recent libraries use this. It provides a Boost-ish 'look'n'feel.

If you would like help to prototype your proposed library documentation, contact me off list.


Paul A. Bristow
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