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bug #65412: Appendix C updates needed and Appendix D could use an overhaul

Submitter:  Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
Submitted:  Mon 04 Mar 2024 05:47:40 PM UTC
Category:  Documentation Severity:  2 - Minor
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Documentation
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * 9.0.90 Operating System:  * Any
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Mon 04 Mar 2024 05:47:40 PM UTC, original submission:  

Looking at the backmatter of the docs, we don't have any obsolete functions listed after 5.1.0 (we deprecate for 2 major versions, so should there be any v6 or v7 items added to appendix C? is that just a matter of parsing the NEWS files?) 

Appendix D is Known Causes of Trouble has the sections:

"D.1 Actual Bugs we haven't fixed yet" - which just lists pager related issues and a recommendation users look to the PROJECTS file for enhancement ideas.  as we have (presently) 754 bug reports listed as Open&Confirmed, maybe we should just point to the bug tracker?

"D.2 Reporting Bugs" which points people up a section to see if we already know about it, then provides advice on determining if you actually found a bug, telling you to go submit one on  bugs.octaev.org, but don't email reports to 'help-octave'  (which we don't use much anymore). Also a decent section on how to make a useful bug report (probably could use a link to explaining making a MWE.), finally a section on sending patches that might not be entirely accurate anymore, including pointing to the no-longer-used ChangeLog files.

"D.3 How to Get Help with Octave" which mainly points to the mailing lists

"D.4 How to distinguish between Octave and Matlab" - which contains a functions script that can be run to programmatically tell if you're running Octave.   I think this should maybe be moved elsewhere.

I had never read through this Appendix before. We aren't the best at keeping our docs up to date, I'm wondering if this whole section, or most of it, should be streamlined, linked out, etc.

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
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