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From "Alfonsas Stonis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MSITE-320) Reference documentation
Date Mon, 05 May 2008 02:19:22 GMT


Alfonsas Stonis commented on MSITE-320:


It is really nice to have examples, but I was looking for was reference. I do understand that
it covers some part of functionality, but is it all?
If you look at this example you will find that you can change:
o) title, 
o) public date, 
o) powered by logo
o) inheritance
o) include 3 types of generated content
o) change skins
o) and use expressions

Is this all?
I doubt it.

Starting from small things:
o) publishDate can have format cool, but what is the syntax? You do not need to describe it,
reference is enough.
o) when I inherit something from something I can have menu. Nice. But the code I found has
not only menu, but menu items too. They have references, how they are described?
o) how many levels can be in menu?
o) what items can be in menu?
o) what kind of files can be referenced? 
o) which of them are interpreted by site and regenerated?
o) how files are referenced? I see that there are different files are used in other projects
and they are referenced the same, but they are picked from different locations
o) where is the definition of the files that can be included
o) schema definition for site.xml would be nice. Documentation is much easier to read, but
I can deal with it. Of course I still will have no idea what these items are used for, but
at least I will know what can be included in site.xml and validate it.

I like maven and site plugin. I think it can be useful, but without the information I can
do very little with it (change logo for empty document).

> Reference documentation
> -----------------------
>                 Key: MSITE-320
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2.x Site Plugin
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: site descriptor
>    Affects Versions: 2.0-beta-6
>         Environment: All
>            Reporter: Alfonsas Stonis
> There is no documentation for site. I mean there is some, but this is not enough. For
example there is no reference what elements can be included in site.xml. What are tags? No
clue. It is not possible to use it as it is now. I do understand I can find out what they
do by trying, but at least I need to know what they are. I tried to search on internet for
any documentation, but no success. It is very frustrating. I think many users give up using
it, just because they can not find what it can do and how to use it.
> Please provide at least simple list of the elements that are available in site.xml.

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