[kepler-dev] another big checkin

Ilkay Altintas altintas at sdsc.edu
Fri Mar 16 15:30:54 PDT 2007

Chad, Kirsten,

Thanks for all the updates. I've just tested the docs a little bit  
and have a few questions.

1. Documentation for some generic actors says null. We used to have  
documentation for these actors. (Example: WebService actor)
2. If the documentation window is open for one actor, it does not  
refresh when I try display the doc for another actor.
3. Do we distinguish now between the documentation actor and class  
4. It would be really nice to be able to view the documentation  
without having to drag and drop the actor, i.e., from the left pane  
library with a right-click context menu. Do we have any plans for  
this? Just an idea that was mentioned to me by a user.

Thanks very much!

On Mar 14, 2007, at 2:18 PM, Chad Berkley wrote:

> Hey,
> I just did another pretty major change.  The new documentation system
> should now work properly (i.e. you should see the new user  
> documentation
> that Kirsten has been working on when you rt. click on a component and
> go to "Documenatation/Display".)  You will need to update and  
> recompile
> both ptolemy and kepler to get this to work.  You may get compile  
> errors
> if you try to just update kepler without ptolemy.
> To use the new documentation system, add your documentation in the  
> actor
> metadata file for your actor in kepler/src/actors.  Check out one  
> of the
> other files for the correct format.  Basically, you just need to add a
> KeplerDocumentationAttribute and put your docs there and it will  
> show up
> in the DocViewer.
> For those of you editing documentation.  Please only make changes  
> in the
> actor metadata files.  Do not make any additional changes to the
> kepler-docs/user/Actor_Docs_for_Users_In_Progress.* files.  If you do,
> the changes will have to be hand added to the actor metadata.
> Let me know if you see any problems.  Note that some actors do not  
> have
> any documentation so the DocViewer will just show you nulls.  If no
> KeplerDocumenatationAttribute property exists, the system should  
> default
> to the old behavior of first looking for a DocAttribute then searching
> for the source file on the classpath.
> chad
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