Documentation Workshop 2019

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Oslo, Norway - Qt offices

Date and time

11-12 March 2019, 10:00-17:00


A two-day workshop about the state of Qt's documentation. The aim is to get a clearer high-level vision for the docs, and establish a few key actions to proceed with to make that vision a part of reality.

Contact the Qt documentation team for further information or to let us know you'll join (yes, you should!).


Time Monday Tuesday
10-11 Introduction, welcome.

Why documentation?

Publishing Qt documentation
11-12 QDoc, and why we do that. Partner session
12-13 Lunch Lunch
13-14 Re-thinking examples Examples & tutorials
14-15 Usability Qt6: Opportunities
15-16 Discussion ("brainstorming") Discussion ("brainstorming")
16-17 Docs in Qt Creator vs online Action plan

Online Help vs. Online Documentation

Currently, we use QDoc to generate both the Qt help files that can be opened in the Qt Creator Help mode and in Qt Assistant and the documentation sets that are published online at the Qt Documentation web site. The contents of the documentation sets are the same, regardless of how they are delivered and where they are released. However, the help viewer used in Qt Creator and Qt Assistant has the functionality to display a table of contents, index, bookmarks, and free-text search. These functions are not available online. Online, we use a fixed sidebar TOC and Google search.

Separate sets of templates are currently generated to create the help files and the online documentation. This is done to save space in the help viewer.

Ideas for discussion points

  • The state of QDoc and its future
    • Current issues
    • Prioritisation
  • How to renew, drop, and create new examples?
  • How to improve the usability of Qt documentation?
    • Usability of online and offline documentation
    • Utilizing Analytics and/or User studies?
  • How to improve the4 look and feel of Qt documentation?
    • The current look and feel is dated, it doesn't look fresh and minimalist like other developer products. Can we redesign the layout?
    • Can we provide developers with diagram templates, to encourage them to include diagrams that match Qt's branding?
  • What do we want to achieve with examples/demos/tutorials? What are the objectives for the user to learn from each example?
    • How do these relate to the certification process we have?
  • How to create examples, tutorials, which explain why something is implemented in a certain way?
  • How to categorize/prioritize examples and tutorials?
  • Qt Creator vs. our own structure within the documentation
  • Learning track(s) for different topics/technologies (certification as a goal?)
  • How to create even better tutorials for first comers?
    • For example, Hello World, which really explains how to add modules, headers, source files, and other resources.
    • How much of this can/should be covered by Qt Creator's Wizards?