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Re: Unix user finds interface counterintuitive

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 21:38:33 +0100

2009/5/7 Clemens Anhuth <clemens_at_froglogic.com>:
> Helge Kruse wrote:
>> Simon Large wrote:
>>
>>> Is any revision control software so simple that you don't even need to
>>> know the basics?
>>>
>>
>> Take a look at Surround SCM from Seapine Software. You're right, you
>> will need to know some basics. But this affects only the Repository
>> Administration.
>
> Not knowing Surround SCM I can imagine that a software can sort of act
> like a tutorial, providing hints, tips, etc. all over the place.
>
> But honestly I'd rather see the TSVN folks invest their time elsewhere
> and have the potential users read some intro.
>
> Perhaps TSVN could start up with one of these "Did you know?" kind of
> popups and point to *good* beginner tutorials, etc.

Requests for a beginner tutorial come up from time to time, and we
don't have one. THere are various docs on the internet but they are
not maintained. I have added a new task to the issue tracker to note
that we need one.

http://issues.tortoisesvn.net/index.php?do=details&task_id=436

One question I have is whether it would be better to make this a
separate document (easier to link to) or as part of the main manual
(easier to distribute). As part of the problem is the sheer size of
the existing docs I am favouring the separate document approach. This
would be done using the existing doc build system, so it can still be
translatable and use some of the same screenshots.

> (Alternatively it could say "Are you a beginner? TSVN won't do you much
> good if you don't know the basics, please go here and read...". It could
> also ask quiz questions about SVN and refuse to work until answered
> correctly. ;))

How does merge tracking work? Please keep your answer to less than
5000 words ;-)

Simon

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