[OSM-talk] How useful is the JOSM wiki

Henning Scholland osm at aighes.de
Sat Jun 29 12:19:12 UTC 2013

I think a Software should explain their general functionality itselfand 
josm does this.But of course you can't explain every functionality by 
itself because this function is mainly used by some experts. In these 
cases its much better to have a wiki-documentation then only source code.


Am 29.06.2013 01:43, schrieb Bryce Nesbitt:
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM, colliar <colliar4ever at aol.com 
> <mailto:colliar4ever at aol.com>> wrote:
>     Hey
>     I wonder how useful the JOSM wiki is ?
>     * Is it used at all ?
>     * Why do only a handful persons edit it though you can even edit
>     anonymously ?
>     Comments ?
> I have no interest in, or use for, the JOSM wiki.
> These days I expect software to be navigable through the interface.
> With all the software we use, who has time to read manuals?
> "How to" guides for complicated multistep tasks can be useful... but
> older style documentation that simply describes what is already on 
> screen seems quite outmoded.
> For example from the JOSM wiki:
> source:trunk/images/aligncircle.png 
> <http://josm.openstreetmap.de/browser/trunk/images/aligncircle.png> 
> Align Nodes in Circle 
> <http://josm.openstreetmap.de/wiki/Help/Action/AlignInCircle> 	O 	Move 
> the selected nodes into a circle
> source:trunk/images/alignline.png 
> <http://josm.openstreetmap.de/browser/trunk/images/alignline.png> 
> Align Nodes in Line 
> <http://josm.openstreetmap.de/wiki/Help/Action/AlignInLine> 	L 	Move 
> the selected nodes into a line
> I expect to learn the function and shortcuts for menu items from the 
> software itself.
> ------------------------------
> Perhaps you could share hit count statistics on the 'useful' question. 
>  If others find it useful they will link from page to page searching 
> for content.
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