[Localization] [Sugar-devel] Help activity

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Mon Jun 1 10:50:42 EDT 2009


I see a few issues that pretty much need to be solved in order.

   1. How can we enable writers to easily change the Help Content, bring it
   up to date and customize it for the XO and for Sugar on a Stick.
   2. Who will bring it up to date and customize it?
   3. How can it be localized effectively?
   4. Who will enable different versions to go into different releases?
   5. How will people find the Help content, a ? in the activity ring and/or
   from Browse.

Its easy to discuss #5 bur really until we solve the ones above it it hardly

So how can I help cause issue 1 to be solved?


On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 6:44 AM, S Page <skierpage at gmail.com> wrote:

> Seth Woodworth wrote:
> > If not for Rainbow I think that the help activity and the browser could
> access the same material.
> ?? I can visit
> file:///home/olpc/Activities/Help.activity/help/XO_Introduction.html
> fine in Browse in 8.2.1. (Does having a developer key affect Rainbow
> file access restrictions?)
> On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM, Yama Ploskonka <yama at netoso.com>
> responded:
> > <snip>
> >>
> >>  The point of having the Help activity as its own icon was to put it as
> >> close and easy to the user as possible.  ...
> >
> > As is now, an inconspicuous icon among many, low usability score.
> I think a prominent help icon and "Need help?" text on Browse's start
> page would be far more discoverable than a (?) among many, but I live
> in the browser.
> The OLPC 8.2.1 start page is
> http://dev.laptop.org/git/library/library-activity/tree/library-common/layout.tmpl
> Code rebuilds the nifty expanding Library of local content whenever
> you install content, see http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Library , this
> could also detect installation of local help.
> The SugarLabs start page is
> http://git.sugarlabs.org/projects/browse/repos/mainline/blobs/master/data/index.html
> Sugar distributions lack the expanding Library (SL ticket 574) but
> maybe that's moot if http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Activities/Library
> comes to fruition.
> You can determine in JavaScript if there's a local help manual in the
> file system or not and create a link to it accordingly; seems-to-work
> code is at http://www.skierpage.com/olpc/show_help.html
> Seth:
> > I really really really owe the Sugar community a long email documenting
> > what the heck went on with the Help activity last year
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/FLOSSManuals has a section ready and waiting ;-)
> Cheers,
> --
> =S Page

Caroline Meeks
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