A poem about documentation
"Yet another context user" posted this poem to the mailing list
If you were surprised, like me Fifty emails, in your inbox to see Let me help you with a summary Of what happended, using a poor excuse for poetry It was the day of fools When Arthur tried to be cool In ConTeXt mailing list he shouted, "Look I am going to write a ConTeXt book!" Everyone was happy and had a thrill Till Martin said, "it is the first of April" His joke ruined, Arthur was sad He said Martin, this is bad Other users were also upset, taken for a ride The lack of a book, is not a matter of pride There were cries and a big fuss I was just getting started, said Russ After that comments did pour Its not even funny, said Gour All of us would be out of luck If Hans were to be hit by a bus! Citing Douglas Adams said Taco That will make the bus, a shamed loco In time back it 'ill go And slam its breaks, like a pro Writing documentation is no fun It that the reason it is shun Even if you do write something Does anyone even read the damn thing? Taco lamented all he hears is that 'it sucks' Demotivated, he may just pass the buck "Oh please, don't let the project slack If you write something, we will give you feedback" This circle of arguments is always repeated Whenever the question of documentation gets tweeted A new conspiracy theory was added this time "They want to keep it a secret," it's a crime I am sick and tired of all the pretext Why do you think anyone should write a book on ConTeXt? Taco and Hans, their hands are full Everyone else is just using a tool (Actually when I was writing this chronology Irdis was thinking about a typographical ontology) If you think that the documentation is lacking Do something, rather than grumbling Here's a suggestion, if I may give to thee Follow it, and you'll be a ConTeXt prodigee Pick up a pen and go 'n write On any part of ConTeXt that you like A wiki article, a blog post, are good places to start People reading them will relish the knowledge it imparts Write an example, show how things work Don't just hide there and lurk If nothing else, write about what you find confusing Others writing documentation may find it motivating On this note, this summary I'll end You were not offended, I'll pretend Finally a request, if I may Let me be anonymous, please, I pray A promise in passing, I'll also make Someday a ConTeXt book or tutorial, I may bake I am waiting for time and a muse At least, that is my excuse -- A ConTeXt User
- Later in the thread Idris told how his name should be pronounced
>>> (Actually when I was writing this chronology >>> Irdis was thinking about a typographical ontology) >> >> Who is this Irdis? > Oh, my heart now bleeds > That I couldn't spell the name of Prof Hamid Our anonymous YACU ran, slipped and had to skid, Neither did (s)he know how to rhyme with Hamid Accent in Hamid is on the first syllable, Otherwise pronouncing it will be untenable
What if Hans's were hit by a bus
- Taco's brilliant answer to this question
> This raises another concern and that is: what is the future of ConTeXt > is Hans "get hit by the bus"? (Of course, we even do not want to think > about it...) The answer to this question is quite obvious if you have read Douglas Adams' books: the bus will think about the impact of its actions on the universe for a moment. Then, deeply immersed in gut-wrenching shame, it will travel back in time half a minute and push its own breaks for an emergency stop.
latex and LaTeX
Taco Hoekwater explaining the similarity between latex and LaTeX
Creating beautiful latex garments is at least as challenging as creating beautiful LaTeX documents (I tried, in earlier days). And just like in LaTeX, the problem areas are glue control and insert placement. Selling latex garments is also similar to selling LaTeX books: it is quite a niche market and your clients are considered fetishists by most other people.
Steffen Wolfrum bewildered at ConTeXt syntax:
Sometimes ConTeXt's syntax looks kind of "female" to me: It certainly has an inner logic, but this is far more ... rich and varied as my single-minded, male structured mind would expect -)
Where is my update?
Vnpenguin was confused why he was not able to update ConTeXt, until Hans resolved the mystery.
> Since one week, I update my minimal ConTeXt almost everyday (Win32 > version), but the version is alway the same: sure, as i didn't update context for a week
Can you run it for me?
Peter Rolf asking R. Bastian not to be afraid:
> Does this work in Mk II ?
You can set your mind at rest and test it yourself. The 'nuke_my_computer_by_running_context' module is no longer part of the official distribution ;-)
The following exchange between the Philosophers Ludovicus Scarso and Ioannes Hagenius could be observed on the mailing list.
> Live is too short to learn all those languages and stay > fluent in them, i.e. one simply forgets a lot when usage zeros. we should start to think how to to become immortal.
Patrick shared this conversation on 2011-12-21:
Hello Marek, > Hi Mr. Gundla > Just want to say Im very dissapointed that no installing package of ConText exist. > I mean like you install things in Win – two cliks and Done! > I was studying ConText whole afternoon and i liked it – But – im very very sick of this kind of installing. > It just makes people like me to hate the whole thing about trying something else then MS Word. > I was eager to learn this ConText ant than BIIIIIIG! Frustration cause i could not run it. > All those versions of packages - i wanted to shoot myself. > Yea, i know you dont get paid for this, BUT - come on Mr. Gundla. > Is it that hard to make one ABSOLUTE DUMMY PACKAGE (you geeks can call it > how you want i know you like to use word dummies for people who are lesser geeks than you :) ) > two cliks and lalala! > Hello Word! You save afternoon to many other people :D Just think about it, ok? Well, ConTeXt _is_ hard to install. First you have to sacrifice one of your family members. Afterwards, you need to hum the magic chant in order to open your spirit. After you have done that, please draw a circle around your computer and put candles on it, making the shape of a pentagram. Now, and this is important, go six times clockwise around that circle, six times counter clockwise and then six times clockwise again. After that, turn on your computer and start your webbrowser and go to http://wiki.contextgarden.net/Simple_Windows_Installation and download the installer. Sincerely your Mr. Gundla
Comparison between various TeX and GUI systems
William Adam on the difference between TeX and other GUI document design systems
Future ConTeXt Users
A cartoon by Duane Bibby at the Fourth ConTeXt meeting