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Output Examples

For examples of what type of output can be generated, refer to the following documentation:

  1. Initial Oracle9i Interactive Install on Windows 2000
  2. Initial Oracle8i Interactive Install on Windows 2000
  3. Initial Oracle8 Interactive Install on Windows 2000

The Problem

One type of data, are long numbered linear lists. They aren't helpful. They can not be edited or maintained. This is due to the fact that long linear lists do not provide context. Somehow need to group steps together around a context. The solution is to use an outliner. Our integrated solution uses the open source outliner Leo.

Also, long numbered linear lists aren't helpful because many tasks aren't accomplished by merely executing one step after another. These type of tasks involve decision making and branching. Another way to state this is that the steps are not independent of each other. Somehow need to jump from one step to another. The solution is to use links.

The use of links may appear to create additional problems because have to manually maintain all the link relationships. This is a long winded way of saying the "broken link problem". The solution is to give each link relationship a name and then have a tool dynamically create the link. Our integrated solution uses the open source markup language DocBook.

The next problem is accessibility. The steps must be "accessible by everyone" and "at any time". The solution to "accessible by everyone" is to use HTML and PDF formats. Our integrated solution uses the open source tool Xalan to convert the DocBook markup language to HTML. The solution to "accessible at any time" is to use the internet. Luckily for us, the internet already exists and we can just use it.

The last problem is the concurrent editing of the steps by multiple authors. This is a long winded way of saying the "configuration/change management" problem. The solution is to use standard configuration and change management concepts but applied to each node in an outline. Currently, YPL does not have a solution for this problem. It will be provided in a later release.

If you are still interested, please go to the installation instructions.

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