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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: [Bug 2328] New: - easy change to ant doc make much more browsable
Date Tue, 26 Jun 2001 15:52:16 GMT

----- Original Message ----- >
> + Specifically, having the Ant tasks presented one
> + per html page is not conducive to introducing the
> + new ant user to what ant's built in capabilities are.
> +
> + I suggest either
> + 1) a intro page with an 2-3 sentence description of each
> + Ant command.
> + 2) gluing all of the pages together in a pdf, so that
> + that tree killers (incl. myself) can easily download and
> + print out a physically browsable menu.
> \ No newline at end of file

The problem seems valid to me, but there may be alternate solutions.

One of the problems of the current layout is that it groups stuff in two
alphabetical lists -one for optional, one for core.

What might be useful is a single page listing tasks by category:

Java Compilation
 javac, depends

File Management
 copy, delete, replace, crlf

 zip, jar, tar, war, ejbjar

 -ftp, telnet, SQL

 -CVS, clearcase, perforce, VSS

Testing and code quality
 -junit, jprobe, icontract, ...

ant control
 available, taskdef, ant, antcall, property

The aim would be to point people at the likely ant tasks based on user
tasks. Making the list isnt too hard, apart from deciding where some tasks


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