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Subject: [Boost-users] [Boost documentation] was Re: serialization1.36.0 extended_type_info exit issue(s)
From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-11 14:46:15
>From the boost build / merge
>> The same goes for boost documentation which I would
>> really like to use. But I don't feel confident that "it
>> just works"
> Heh, there's nobody here who would disagree with that.
To me the sad part of this is
a) that I personally have a HUGE
need for something like the boost documentation system
in my own projects.
b) I feel that if it were subjected to the
normal boost testing regimen, it would be a dependable
product by now. Or at least we would have a good test
matrix which I could use to know what aspects I can't
use in my environment.
What I would like to see is:
a) a directory structures that looks like one of the following
*.html // i.e. same as we have now
pdf (optional - built on demand by bjam from boost book)
*. pdf files
windows html help (optional - built on demand by bjam from
html (included in distribution - optionally (re-built) by
bjam from boost book)
boostbook (hand prepared - or built by bjam from quickbooks)
* .. boost book filles
quickbooks (optional - hand prepared)
For any library I was interested in I could review the html or build the
version I needed by
going to the doc directory and invoking something like
bjam -???? or bjam -????? pdf
And if I want to spend $300 on a proprietary package, I could do that as
well - just
as I do for my compiler.
But to do this the following tools have to be tested on a regular basis like
the libraries are:
a) boostbook -> pdf
b) boostbook->windows html help
so there would be a couple of "new" tool/library directories
boost book documentation
... same as above
And of course these tests would be part of the normal test matrix.
I realize that this sounds like a lot of effort. But then a lot of the
is already in boost somewhere so a large part of the effort would be
round stuff that's already in there (boost).
I believe that reorganizing boost documentation along the above would
result in a robust and very popular tool/library.
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