[wildfly-dev] One Doc to Rule Them All

Nicklas Karlsson nickarls at gmail.com
Fri May 13 00:26:13 EDT 2016

I can confirm this exists even outside documentation. One example is
http://www.jboss.org/get-involved/ where the reference list says "WildFly
8". Understandable since the interview was made in the age of WF8 but there
are plenty of other examples around.

On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 6:32 AM, James Perkins <jperkins at redhat.com> wrote:

> I've been reading the WildFly documentation [1] quite a bit lately and
> noticing a lot of issues. Sometimes it references WildFly 8 in the WildFly
> 10 (or 9) documentation. Sometimes it references JBoss AS 7. Links take you
> to old documentation, e.g. a WFLY10 doc takes you to a page for WFLY8.
> Sometimes documentation is just plain out of date referencing behavior that
> has possibly been removed or replaced by something better.
> This has happened because we keep copying the documentation over each time
> we have a new version. Overall this makes sense as a lot of it doesn't need
> to be changed. However it leaves reading the documentation confusing.
> Reading documentation for WildFly 10 and seeing WildFly 8 in the text with
> a link for AS72 isn't very user friendly as I'm sure we can all agree.
> There's a few different ways we could go with this.
> Approach 1:
> One, probably the easiest, is to use a single confluence project. We'd
> need to remove the version numbers from the text, which I think we should
> do anyway. Instead of referencing WildFly 10 we just reference it as
> WildFly.
> An issue I can think of with this approach is some how annotating or
> referencing that parts of the documentation only work with ${version}. For
> example new features would have to be noted they only work with ${version}+.
> Approach 2:
> Essentially he same as approach 1 only do allow different Confluence
> projects for the different Java EE target version. So WIldFly 8, 9 and 10
> would all be documented under something like WFLYEE7.
> Approach 3
> Switch to using something like asciidoc which can use variables and
> generate links to the correct content. While this approach is probably
> takes the most work up front, it seems like like it would be easier to
> maintain between releases.
> Any other suggestions are welcome.
> [1]: https://docs.jboss.org/author/display/WFLY10/Documentation
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> James R. Perkins
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