OT: A few ffmpeg queries

Alan Milewczyk alan at soulman1949.com
Fri Sep 8 05:57:35 PDT 2017

On 08/09/2017 12:09, Colin Law wrote:
> On 8 September 2017 at 11:23, Alan Milewczyk <alan at soulman1949.com> wrote:
> Remember ffmeg has no customers, no-one pays for it. The documentation
> is maintained by the community (I assume).  Documentation for open
> source is always a problem as few are prepared to put in the time and
> effort required.

Sure, I recognise that, however, I think back to DOS/Windows/MS Office 
manuals of times gone by and they were heavy voluminous tomes full of 
features, indeed they were structured by feature. As Jim has said, great 
for looking up detailed syntax when you knew what you were looking for 
but not very user-friendly apart from that.

On 08/09/2017 12:58, Jeremy Nicoll - ml gip wrote:
> On 2017-09-08 11:23, Alan Milewczyk wrote:
>> Couldn't agree more, it's the big failing of the IT industry. Manuals
>> detailing features are not what customers want, they require "how to"
>> tutorials.
> Well, not the whole IT industry.  IBM's manuals (and most of those from
> other software & hardware vendors whose products were installed in data
> centres) always seemed exemplary to me, with - often - separate manuals
> for

> The customer had to pay quite a lot for the software, manuals and support
> but then again IBM's programmers, support staff and technical authors did
> need to be paid.

Agreed, lunch has to be paid for, which is fair enough.

Anyway, I fear I've prolonged this OT discussion enough.


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