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Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes
November 27, 2003 11:52
Re: Poor State of the Man Pages
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On Thu, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:35:15AM +0200, Shlomi Fish <> wrote:
> Once we're through, we release Perl 5.8.3 with all of the changes applied.
> (or maybe delay it to Perl 5.10.x due to configuration management issues)

I think you should aim for 5.8.5 (June 2004) at the earliest.  I also
assume Nicholas will want the changes to go into bleadperl, and then
be integrated back to maint.

> Are you with me? I volunteer to take the initial effort and get this
> effort going. One thing that has to be understood is that the man pages
> should be clear, explanatory, and organized. We cannot leave
> "transliterate" as such because it's a piece of UNIX jargon and not plain
> English. (for example).

Transliterate is a bad example.  It's an English word meaning translating
by character into a different language or alphabet.  The extension to
Computer Science should be obvious.

In general, avoiding technical terms, including perl-specific ones,
will make the documentation worse, not better.  What is needed is a
short definition of each such term, either where a newbie is likely to
first encounter it or in a perlglossary.pod or both. (I've always
wondered why the Camel glossary never made it to the pods.)

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