Wed May 12 13:55:43 CEST 2004
On Wed, 12 May 2004, Joe Armstrong wrote:
> What I think we're lacking now is good flashy documentation.
Yessir!, not just web pages, but a third edition of "Concurrent
Programming in Erlang".
> 1) Your HTML should be validated
> spiders give up on unparsable data
An excellent recommendation.
> This is how I start my pages
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
That's almost true Joe. That's HTML 4, and your page
http://www.sics.se/~joe/erlang/ is in XHTML 1, but that's not a problem.
> <link rel='STYLESHEET' type='text/css' href='base.css'>
> 2) We all choose the *same* template
Another excellent recommendation: a common "Erlang community"
> I highly recommend "Blue Haze" see http://www.sics.se/~joe/erlang/
This style sheet seems to me to be over-engineered and vicious in its
attempts to circumvent structural markup. Too much of the structure of
the document is in the classes of the style sheet:
<span class="headerTitle">Erlang Users Club</span>
<div class="sideBox LHS">
I would prefer to see a separation between the style of the "glossy"
`Welcome to Wonderful Erlang-land', and the style of the technical
documentation. Ok, make the welcome pages flashy, as long as they meet
WAI guidelines http://www.w3.org/WAI/, but use a sober style for the
technical stuff - the sort of thing one would expect for a published paper
in a journal.
As an example of this, see the electronic proceedings of ACM MM '01
conference. The glossy introduction is at
http://www1.acm.org/sigs/sigmm/MM2001/ Go to the electronic proceedings
and you see the sober technical stuff.
I suggest the sober style sheet used for the ACM MM electronic proceedings
would be better for Erlang's technical documentation.
> 3) We cross link each other - to increase our google ratings
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