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Re: Subversion 1.5 -- next steps

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_red-bean.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 14:47:20 -0600

On Feb 10, 2008 9:38 AM, Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com> wrote:

> Ben, FWIW, I think it's insane for O'Reilly to consider anything about
> the UI or behavior final until the first RC is rolled :-). It's
> between you and them, of course, but... Once our early adopters start
> using the RCs, they'll be consulting the nightly builds of the book
> for guidance, and we'll get a lot of useful feedback on the
> documentation that way. Wouldn't it be better to let that process run
> for a bit before going into copy editing?

They're partially deaf about this. They're very schedule-oriented,
like an unstoppable assembly line. We said, "we'll turn in a first
draft in early January, with the understanding that the content isn't
done until svn 1.5 is branched and RC's are out, at which point we'll
send the 'final' version." Their interpretation of this was "great,
we'll set our copyeditors on it right away." Despite our reminding
them that more changes are coming, we're now holding a copyedited
version in our hands for review. They're still open to getting more
changes, but it's now become an annoying game of the book having
forked, and each party thinks they have the 'master' fork. We'll
still send them a hunk of diffs to apply to their version, though.
I'm not looking forward to trying to incorporate their copyedits into
our XML. :-/

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