[etoys-dev] Re: [squeakland] Etoys documentation TOC

Rita Freudenberg rita at isg.cs.uni-magdeburg.de
Fri Sep 4 05:13:19 EDT 2009

Timothy Falconer wrote:
> On Sep 3, 2009, at 7:23 AM, Timothy Falconer wrote:
>> On Sep 3, 2009, at 7:01 AM, Rita Freudenberg wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> as you all know we don't really have an Etoys documentation. So 
>>> let's start writing it. As I wrote earlier I propose to use FLOSS 
>>> Manuals. It is used by the olpc and sugar community for writing 
>>> manuals and books. To get started we should have a TOC outline. Here 
>>> are my suggestions:
>>> 1. Introduction (short description what etoys is about)
>>> 2. Getting started (technical description on how to install and 
>>> start etoys on different operating systems)
>>> 3. User Interface (painting tools, halo, viewer ...)
>>> 4. Tiles (describing every available tile)
>>> 5. Objects (everything from the supplies bin and object catalogue, 
>>> flaps)
>>> What am I missing? Of course we can have subchapters and also later 
>>> add main chapters if we find out we need it. Here is the manual for 
>>> TurtleArt so you can get the idea what our documentation could look 
>>> like:
>>> http://en.flossmanuals.net/turtleart
>>> What do you think? If we come up with a TOC outline I can send it to 
>>> Anne Gentle from FLOSS manuals to set it up and we can start writing:)
>> It's a good list.  So this would be more of a reference manual than a 
>> getting started guide?  (with tutorials)
Yes, a reference manual is what I had in mind. I'm sorry for not making 
that clear.
>> We could link back to the Etoys unit of the courseware for the 
>> gentler intro.
> Also, just want to highlight that we actually do have some 
> documentation (with even a big PDF):
> http://squeakland.org/tutorials/guides/
> Kathleen's work is concise and useful, and should be used where 
> possible in the FLOSS version.
Definitely, I will not have the same things written again, but collect 
it at one place. And since it is  a reference manual, it will be shorter 
than other materials, but complete. As Bert pointed out "it defines the 
boundary of what we consider officially supported, and what not."

> Tim

Rita Freudenberg
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

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