[Boost-docs] HTML version of documentation - Store using SVN or leave users to build

Subject: [Boost-docs] HTML version of documentation - Store using SVN or leave users to build
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-09-06 14:35:32

I have been revising the work of Pierre Talbot who has just finished his GSoC works on a Checks
library, ready for a formal announcement that the project is open for public view, comment and

He has worked diligently and produces some excellent documentation using Quickbook, Doxygen and
AutoIndex that build both pdf and html versions.

I have been loading both html and pdf versions up to the long suffering SVN.Boost.org server, but
watching it upload a lot of small files, I am concerned at the load this may be placing on the
server. (about 9 Mbyte, 2300 files, 170 folders).

Past practice has been to expect the user to build his own local version of the html docs using
bjam, but I am aware that not everyone (all too few people?) have the full toolchain of Quickbook,
Doxygen and AutoIndex working to make this possible.

So we have a something of a dilemma - load the fully html version, or find that many people will be
unable/willing to read the docs at all.

Or rely on just the (about 2 Mbyte) pdf version - all of which has to be downloaded every time it is
viewed (compared to the html where only that pages read are downloaded)?

Any views on the best (or least worst) course of action?


Paul A. Bristow,
Prizet Farmhouse, Kendal LA8 8AB  UK
+44 1539 561830  07714330204

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