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Feature Proposal: Extension documentation to be made end user friendly


An extension (plug-in, add-on, or contrib package) has its documentation on the topic of its name (e.g. SpreadSheetPlugin). That topic has description for both administrators and end users and is sometimes confusing for end users especially for new comers.

Description and Documentation

How about making it a rule to put information for administrators at the bottom of those topics, clearly say it is for administrators, and folded by default?



WhatDoesItAffect: Documentation


-- Contributors: HideyoImazu - 2012-12-21


Good idea. I presume this is mainly for the sections:

  • Plugin Settings
  • Plugin Installation Instructions


I think we still should have those sections with headings, but content hidden in twisties.

-- PeterThoeny - 2012-12-28

You are correct. My intention is to make it clear how to use the features provided by an extension (for users) and how to install/configure it (for administrators).

-- HideyoImazu - 2013-01-03

I changed the state to ImplementedAsExtension.

I am working on this one. Extension owners are encouraged to fix their extensions too. Let's all use TWikibug:Item7123 for this work.

Sample extensions that have been fixed, for reference:

  • DatePickerPlugin - hides Detailed Documentation, and Installation Instructions; Installation Instructions shows short note outside of twisty
  • SpreadSheetPlugin - hides Plugin Settings, Installation Instructions, and Change History in Info Table (long history); pre-installed plugin shows short note outside of twisty in Installation Instructions

Special note on using a twisty in the Plugin Info table: It is not possible to collapse/expand multiple table rows. The next best thing is to show three consecutive tables: Normal rows, twisty rows (with Change History), normal rows. In order to align the columns properly, a =%TABLE{ tablewidth="100%" columnwidths="170," }% is used for all three consecutive tables.

-- Peter Thoeny - 2013-01-10

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