[mapserver-dev] master MapServer docs online?

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Sep 17 17:03:09 PDT 2021

Hi Seth,

I see my initial answer then, just a few months ago, still stands for me:

"Speaking openly here, if I was paid fulltime to manage the docs and all 
the different build versions of the docs, and publishing them online, I 
could see how that would be possible; but as we are made up of 
volunteers, I would prefer to keep the single version updated with 
references to when the feature was added (what MapServer version), and 
if it is deprecated.  I remember recently spending much effort on that 
in-line versioning improvements, I think that is working nicely now."

I recently gave a State of MapServer presentation (last week) and had to 
give a few demos, but I setup my own server for those demos - for a 
status report I don't think we should begin a new live branch and then 
commit to maintain both sets of documents.

As part of this I also maintain the PDF versions for the documentation, 
and generating them - adding another live branch is, just too much.

Again, if this was my fulltime paid job, absolutely, bring it on, as I'd 
be fulltime working on this.  The reality is that, whatever we add here 
now, in a few years I'll be stuck maintaining by myself.  I honestly 
prefer, from experience, to stick with one visible/maintained branch of 
MapServer documentation.


Jeff McKenna
GatewayGeo: Developers of MS4W, MapServer Consulting and Training
co-founder of FOSS4G

On 2021-09-17 6:39 p.m., Seth G wrote:
> Hi all,
> I don't believe this is the case, but wanted to ask if the master version of the MapServer docs published anywhere online?
> There are a few new documented features it would be useful to link to in the upcoming State of MapServer FOSS4G talk that are only in the master branch of https://github.com/MapServer/MapServer-documentation and not at https://mapserver.org/
> Would it be possible to publish both the "latest" release and the "master" docs, using the current approach but pointing to subfolders? Something like:
> http://mapserver.github.io/latest/ -> https://mapserver.org/
> http://mapserver.github.io/master/ -> https://master.mapserver.org/
> Or even use the same branches in https://github.com/MapServer/mapserver.github.io as used for the docs, so all old docs would be available online.
> Related discussion at: https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/mapserver-dev/2021-March/016369.html
> Seth
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