Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

11 Nov

I have started writing the help files for gdvdslides. I began doing this using Quanta Plus, but was unhappy with it. So I dragged out a fancy Windows HTML editor called SpinIt Pro that I wrote at least 10 years ago. I installed it on my Linux workstation using Wine. It works great and I am a much happier camper. It’s biggest advantage is that it helps you along with the various attributes for HTML tags, and it has a new file wizard that allows you to define a lot of the stuff you put in the HEAD section of the page. It is not a WYSIWYG editor, but it has a display mode like Quanta Plus. The only bad part of that is the display part is based on a component that only knows about HTML 4.

The editor is highly configurable, too. I can add or remove HTML tags from the menus, as they are not built in to the program, but are all defined in text files. If I had the time and the inclination, I would convert the program over from Windows to Linux. I don’t, so I’ll just have to put up with it as a Wine program.

The gdvdslides help will have detailed information about the program and the controls in the program. It will also have a tutorial on how to use the program to create video slide shows. Basically, there will be probably twice as much documentation for it than for most small Open Source programs. This is not a criticism of them, it’s just a fact. If I ever retire from my day job, I will look into doing open source documentation on my favorite programs. Some of them really need it. 8-)

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“It’s Mine, and You Have to Pay (and Pay and Pay) For It”

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