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Re: Suggestion: linkify revnums and issues in the CHANGES file

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:01:27 +0200

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 11:50:57AM +0100, Julian Foad wrote:
> Stefan Sperling wrote:
> > I don't think many people follow these references when reading CHANGES.
> [...]
> > I believe a short note at the top of the file which explains how to
> > resolve these references would be sufficient. Something like this maybe:
> >
> > To view a revision listed in change log entries below, visit:
> > https://svn.apache.org/rXXXX [...]
> That's a good start (let's do it), but it feels unprofessional and backward
> to me to not provide linked information in a software project in this
> century. It is one of many little things that together add up to a poor
> usability, and I would like to improve the usability of the project as a
> whole, and this is one way to do so.

How about we provide a linkified version of CHANGES in our
release notes HTML pages? We could add a 'Detailed Changelog' section,
in addition to linking to the CHANGES file as these pages already do.

The contents of this new section would be based on only the respective
release's section of the CHANGES file as shipped in release tarballs,
with links added. For instance, the page
http://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.10.html would be
updated with 1.10.x CHANGES entries each time a 1.10.x release is made.

It should not be too hard to automate the process. The release.py
script already has some commands which spit out HTML snippets for
the news pages so it might as well be parsing CHANGES and produce
HTML we can paste into the website.
Received on 2018-09-13 13:01:45 CEST

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