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Thure Etzold etzold at ebi.ac.uk
Fri Jun 5 15:44:58 EST 1998

Ewan Birney wrote in message <35780653.41C6 at sanger.ac.uk>...
>Chris Upton wrote:
>> Hi,
>>   Could someone point me to a straight forward user guide for SRS?

well, i am sorry - i doesn't exist yet.

>> Thanks,
>>    Chris Upton
><grin> **straight forward** guide - no
>the guide for SRS off any SRS site, but I have to admit, I just
>find it confusing...
>(srsdev... are you listening?)
>There is the problem that SRS is a complex beast, and tough to document.
>But I would give anything for
> a) losing the stupid frames format of the help pages
> b) having a nice hardcopy (latex?) representation

We are discussing a complete reformat of the existing documentation
which is mainly about server maintenance, and to add a lot more 'user
documentation'. We noticed that almost nobody is interested to to the
real RTFM, i mean, read it all, but only the in bit that is relevant for
a particular problem.

Our plan is to make a documentation databank called 'srsfaq' or just 'faq'
with entries which document only a single task, eg, "get sequences in fasta"
format. These entries will have a lot of cross-references to related
entries or other pages in the documentation. The main advantage is that it
can be indexed and easily be extended by other people with, eg, server
specific information.

...we would even be willing to give up frames;-)



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