On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Juliusz Gonera <jgonera@wikimedia.org> wrote:
I'll use that thread as an opportunity to suggest something I've been thinking about lately and that is related not only to mobile. As it is now, all the documentation is available online. That is usually OK because nowadays we have Internet almost everywhere. However, we should remember that not all the world is like that. There are still countries where broadband connection is not that common. What if someone from such a country wants to work on MediaWiki or any of its extensions? It's very difficult for them to browse the documentation. Also, I found myself in a similar situation several times, e.g. on a plane or train without wireless Internet.

Yeah - this is a really good point, and I've been bitten by this too whilst traveling, during power outages, etc. 

What about making the documentation available offline? I thought about including it in the source tree, but I'm not sure how this could be done. Is there any tool we could use for that? If not, maybe we should write one?

I'm not sure how much interest there might be in making the docs available offline. Perhaps we should start a separate thread on Wikitech?

Overall I think this is an *awesome* idea - though I think it is probably worth making a distinction between team-specific documentation and technical documentation (or maybe not?). The best place to bring this up would be wikitech-l.

Arthur Richards
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