Re: visually describing command syntax ?
I donât have any ideas right off, so I thought Iâd ask to see if anyone had
suggestions and particularly anything online to point to as a non-traditional
way to document command syntax?
I have done some more surfing, so I thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested:
1. Iâve seen these âbubbleâ diagrams before, http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B28928_01/doc/server.103/b28925/sqcmd.htm#BABIGHFB, although I have to admit that they generally confuse me more than clarify anything.
2. This oneâs not particularly visual, but I think itâs likely easier to follow than the complex <placeholder> formatting method: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/pcomhelp/v5r9/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.pcomm.doc/books/html/emulator_reference14.htm (scroll down to Figure 1).
3. Similar to (2), but a bit more visual aspect to it: http://robert.wsi.edu.pl/awk/tutorial_1d.html.
4. Not useful to me now, but an interesting academic perspective: http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/~sjm/hicss01.pdf and http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=6062260.
5. An alternative syntax method (but one that Iâve always found confusing and so I wouldnât recommend it): BNF form, http://www.dataip.co.uk/Reference/BNF.php.
6. I saw several tabular formats that might be useful, but they'd work best in landscape pages instead of portrait and I'm not sure that people will like the mix of portrait/landscape.
7. Just like thereâs a way to diagram sentences in the grammatical sense, perhaps I could adapt that to the CLI commands? So far in life Iâve found diagramming sentences to be rather mysterious, but Sister Bernadetteâs Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences, http://www.amazon.com/Sister-Bernadettes-Barking-Dog-Diagramming/dp/0156034433/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321566167&sr=1-1, has long had me intriguedâ
So there are some ideas out there, but nothing that really pops in a visual way (like the wonderful visual thesaurus: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/).
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