Keith Mallen k.mallen at soondae.co.uk
Fri Mar 25 23:24:23 CET 2016

I'm a noob. I'm drunk. I'll try. What do you want?

..ulterior motive is I might learn.


On Fri, 2016-03-25 at 20:50 +0000, listo factor wrote:
> On 03/22/2016 09:21 PM, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> > ... writing good documentation is hard, very hard. In
> > fact, it turned out to be easier to write academical papers on why it is so
> > difficult to make crypto easy to use than to write documentation that makes
> > crypto easy to use.
> It ~is~ hard, but only when the documentation is written ~after~
> the software has been built, based on the functionality definitions
> derived from the program itself; instead of being based on a-priory
> functionality specifications, that both the program and the
> documentation must equally conform to.
> But even when that is the case, the documentation is hard to
> understand for the user if there is no separate "Concepts and
> Facilities" document, one that does not address or even mention
> any interface or procedure detail, and unless the user understands
> that a firm grasp  of its content is an absolute requirement before
> he or she can get to the interface and procedures documentation
> (i.e., the "User Manual").
> To perform tasks that GPG is designed to accomplish in a safe manner
> is *very, very hard*, and even the best documentation could not change 
> that fact. The efforts which concentrate on making it easy might
> indeed increase the number of people that use it, but at the expense
> of their safety. That, to me, appears to be behind a lot of projects
> similar to the one discussed here.
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