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Re: [Techshoret] How to get Android's documentation appearance (http://developer.android.com)
Subject:Re: [Techshoret] How to get Android's documentation appearance (http://developer.android.com) From:Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com> To:SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:08:08 -0700
I designed most of this system myself, with the goal to get the docs as close to the source as possible, and to be able to do continuous integration and frequent releases. In my experience it's easier to maintain developer docs if there are fewer people and fewer barriers between the developers and the docs. In this world writers *are* developers, are fully integrated into developer teams, and are using most of the same tools. The tradeoff is that you lose the power of the high-level documentation tools for writing, formatting, review, indexing, and so on. We worked specifically with writers who were comfortable in the code. Obviously this isn't a solution that isn't going to work with a lot of companies, especially those who are still doing "traditional" documentation and help.
Given the very high level of technical geekery at Google, I would assume they are doing something similar and it's all an internally-built custom system.
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