[texhax] TeX Live documentation
uwe.lueck at web.de
Sun Mar 3 22:04:27 CET 2013
Before (on texhax), on "missing" TeX Live Documentation, I focussed
on binaries. I did not mention another point, because it is not so
clear with the distinction between "using" and "installing" TeX Live,
and because I had to recall something. That was last year,
integrating a second texmf tree for material outside CTAN.
It was for a server, so it was essentially an administrator's issue.
I think I have found the solution today. The TeX Live manual may
need no improvement here, but it was hard for me, perhaps just
personally because in the beginning (last year), I did not start
with the TeX Live documentation, but with the texhash help and
the TDS specification. So I just spent much time with documentation
that was not very relevant for my problem.
A general subject with perhaps-incompleteness of documentation
may be that (especially with complex software) that manuals
sometimes seem to be little helpful for "impatient" users.
An alternative may be "user-driven documentation" -- an FAQ;
so structured that the most frequent or urgent questions are
the most easy to find.
There actually is such an FAQ for TeX Live:
for example "I want to use ConTeXt". Until one has something
better, one might point there.
That approach may also be helpful if, as Karl tells me off-list,
TeX Life offers so much that is just too much for the maintainers
to document it completely. As to binaries (that I focussed on
before), this even seems to hold for engines and formats --
when I compare the TeX Live manual with Arno Trautmann's
list of binaries.
The user's separate tree may be something very important,
thinking of the user's favourite shorthands used for most
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