[RFC] nALFS User's Guide

Richard A Downing FBCS richard at 109bean.org.uk
Sat May 29 23:34:38 PDT 2004

James Robertson wrote:
> All,
> What do we want in the user's guide?  I started just making a copy of 
> the install and readme files.  Is this what we want, or is there 
> something else?  Comments please
> James
As well as that: I'd say a step by step example of using it to build 
something, even LFS although that's a bit big.

The things I've found hard to grasp were initially configuration, but 
then: what to do when something goes wrong, that is how to restart 
without starting from the beginning (mark what's left and then run marked).

It's not clear to the xml-uninitiated that nALFS has to read in the xml 
completely and work on it as a single tree.  So none of the branches can 
change without re-reading the whole.  This means that any change implies 
losing context (e.g. what's been done already).  As someone said to me 
on IRC: "Think about how it works", which is exactly why a newbie has 
problems - they just want to USE it.

Richard A Downing FBCS CITP

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