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My name is Don Siders, and I am the Documentation Coordinator for the Indy (Internet Direct) project. In this Blog, I'll try to share useful information about both the component library and the documentation.

The bulk of my effort revolves around producing the documentation for the library... so documentation topics are what you're likely to find here. I occassionally write a little code for the project. Code-related topics will appear here covered too, but to a lesser degree.

I've been involved with the Indy project since before it was called "Indy". I started using the library in 1994 (IIRC) when it was called "WinShoes". I used to badger Kudzu about property names, and of course, complain about its' lack of documentation. One day, I guess he'd heard enough and challenged me to "do something about it". The old "Put Up or Shut Up!" response. And a documentation burrow was born.

So... what do I really do?

My main task is to produce the reference documentation for the library of internet components. This includes  ensuring that it works using the F1 context-sensitive help features in the various Borland IDEs. Currently, we produce WinHelp (.hlp) and HTML Help 2 (.HxC) for that purpose. We also produce the docs in HTML Help (.chm), PDF, and HTML (website) formats.

Authoring content is the major part of the effort. It's an intensive effort for a library with the scope and the depth of Indy.  In the future, we're going to put some infrastructure in place that allows the process to be both simpler and easier to access.

Finally, the Documentation team operates as a separate team under the Indy umbrella of projects, so I also maintain the Indy Docs website.  It's been a stagnant for a little while... but I expect to get some time to update it in next few weeks.


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