RMF/Contributor Guide/Documentation Guideline

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This page describes where, and in what form, documentation for the RMF project should be recorded.

Contents

Specification

Mind Map

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Requirements

The initial requirements for the RMF documentation:

  • The following classes of documentation exist:
    • Developer Documentation for developers using RMF
    • User Documentation for ProR
    • Committer Documentation for developers contributing to RMF

Requirements Documentation in general

  • The documentation shall support cross referencing
  • The documentation shall be printable
  • The old ProR documentation (from pror.org) shall be recycled and adapted
  • Where it makes sense, the documentation should use RMF itself ("eat your own dogfood")
    • It is possible to manage ReqIF files in git and to generate HTML on checkin by Jenkins. Obviously, that does not make sense for all documentation.
  • Where it makes sense, documentation should be generated
    • i.e. for developer and committer documentation, it may sense to document in JavaDoc and to provide links to the generated JavaDoc HTML

Requirements for User Documentation

  • A user should be able to easily contribute to the user documentation (not limited to Committers)
    • Possible Solution: The documentation resides in the Eclipse wiki
  • The user documentation shall be made available as Eclipse help
  • The user documentation shall contain a tutorial for ProR
  • The user documentation shall contain an FAQ
  • The user documentation shall contain a reference section
  • The user documentation shall contain documentation for RMF presentation plugins
  • The user documentation shall have a directory of external presentation plugins

Requirements for Developer Documentation

  • The developer documentation shall contain a tutorial for creating presentation plugins
  • The developer documentation shall contain an FAQ
  • The developer documentation shall contain an architecture overview
  • The developer documentation shall contain an API overview

Requirements for Committer Documentation

  • The committer documentation shall contain a roadmap
  • The committer documentation shall contain a process guideline
    • Structure of git, use of gitflow, use of bugzilla, etc.
  • The committer documentation shall contain coding guidelines
    • To ensure code quality: Commenting, unit testing, etc.
  • The committer documentation shall contain a guideline for contributing as a non-committer
    • E.g. via Gerrit
  • The committer documentation shall contain a guideline for contributing to the RMF documentation (e.g. Grammer and writing style, style of chapters, etc.)

Developer Documentation

Developer documentation resides in the Wiki. Important: Always include the RMF category at the end of all RMF pages:

[[Category:RMF]]

End User Documentation

User documentation currently resides at pror.org. It will be migrated eventually, although it is not clear yet where to. Please propose suggestions to the rmf-dev mailing list.