Documentation

Vaughn Clement vclement at gmail.com
Thu May 29 17:26:45 EDT 2014


Hi Bill

I've been pushing now for a year to get the dictionary and the
documentation improved. The World Jam last week was one of the places I
mentioned it once again. I have seen small improvement in documentation due
to the massive changes being made to LC. I understand the changes required
to develop media since I go back to the days of interactive video design
course development.

I might mention that I've spent hundreds of hours to develop an interactive
dictionary for LC using FileMaker, but was slapped in the face by
objections from LC users when I offered to host the app where people can
use it for a minimal $5 a year cost. It would allow the users to add any
new scripting, design notes, and custom properties and functions to the
library. It would also be a place where users could trade ideas and design
ideas. This being said I stopped on the effort when I got NO SUPPORT. I
still want to grow with LC and better understand LC and offer my help to
those who would like to share ideas for another option for the dictionary
and the documentation.

Thank you

Vaughn Clement

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On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM, William Prothero <prothero at earthednet.org>
wrote:

> Folks:
> I know there is work being done on the documentation. I’d like to add my
> voice to those who are wanting and needing better, more useable
> documentation. Just recently, I tried to find out how to initialize a
> tabbed button. Nothing in the dictionary. But, a google search took me to
> the right lesson on the livecode site, where I found the solution in the
> user comments. In fact, I’ve found Google searches to be my best friend in
> finding livecode help.
>
> I don’t consider documentation on how to initialize an object to be
> obscure, though. Seems quite basic, and setting the menuHistory seems like
> something folks fairly new are not going to guess as something to set to
> initialize a tabbed button.
>
> I don’t consider tutorials as the best repository for documentation for
> folks who are accustomed to programming, but fairly new to livecode, like
> me. The problem is the varying depth of documentation that someone needs.
> For many, the tutorial on the tabbed button would be fine. But as a person
> advances, a deeper set of information is needed. I would think that the
> dictionary could include a link to more detailed information, like the
> properties, to tutorial and examples, etc. Personally, I don’t want to paw
> through a lot of example stacks trying to find what I need. The example
> stacks are wonderful as a starter for some, and I will use them too, but
> adding an object and trying to find out more than the most basic details
> and commands can be frustrating. The dictionary is helpful, but could be so
> much more.
>
> That said, I am finding livecode to be an excellent platform for
> performing the kind of work I do, which is to create inquiry resources for
> educators. The community is active and helpful and Richmond’s pithy and
> seemingly off the cuff comments are always amusing.
>
> Have a good day,
> Bill Prothero
>
> William A. Prothero, Ph.D.
> University of California, Santa Barbara Dept. of Earth Sciences (Emeritus)
> Santa Barbara, CA. 93105
> http://es.earthednet.org/
>
>
>
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