Juma Lungo


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Subject: Re: [Dhis2-devs] Documentation

From: Jason Pickering

Date: Wed, December 09, 2009 6:02 pm

To: “Dr. Juma Lungo”

Cc: Bob Jolliffe, Arther HISP, John lewis,, dhis2-devs, anthony muyepa


Basically, if your document is intended to be part of the user manual,

you should construct it as a chapter. I would reccomend to do it this

way, as it seems to make more sense.

If it is meant to be a standalone type of document, you can use an article.

The main user manual is the dhis2_user_manual.xml document. Your

chapter will be included with an xinclude statement, similar to the

other chapters.

Hope this is clear.

The latest successful builds of the documents are available here…

Best regards,


On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Dr. Juma Lungo wrote:

Hi Jason

i have now managed to checkout the document from launchpad.

i suppose

under /src/docbkx/en/ is where document chapters are.

or how can i get an index (table of content) that can quickly show me what

is already in the document.

i am still downloading my serna free and its dependencies.


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Subject: Re: [Dhis2-devs] Documentation

From: Jason Pickering

Date: Wed, December 09, 2009 5:02 pm

To: “Dr. Juma Lungo”

Cc: Bob Jolliffe, Arther HISP, John lewis,, dhis2-devs, anthony muyepa

Hi Juma,

I have used both Oxygen and XMLSpy , but quite honestly, I felt they

were a bit overkill for the purposes of DocBook at least at this

point, IMHO. I stopped using them quite early on. Serna is heavily

geared towards DocBook production, whereas Oxygen and XMLSpy are

really just generalized XML tools, although they are very powerful.

The only downside of using Serna that I have found thus far, is it can

be a bit lax in validating the document properly. Using xmllint can

really help to ensure that the document properly validates.

Serna is quite good I think, and though the download (especially in

this part of the world) is painful. I bounce back and forth between

Serna and vi, as sometimes it is more useful to edit the source of the

document directly, without all the pretty printing of Serna. The first

download of the docs is pretty heavy as well, because of all the

images. The last part of the process (transforming the documents with

maven) will be equally painful in terms of downloading the first time.

However, these are pretty much one off processes and once this is

done, synchronization to and from the repository can take place

through differential updates. This was one of my key drivers here in

Lusaka, as our internet is certainly worse than next door in TZ. :slight_smile:

Anyway, my two cents. One of the other reasons we chose DocBook was

that you can use essentially any editor you are comfortable with. In

my case, I have settled on vi and Serna for now, but if something else

pops up, it is easy to switch.



On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Dr. Juma Lungo > > > wrote:

Hi Bob

My Geneva Oxygen XML has expired. Now i am in the process of installing

Serna Free, slow internet takes longer.

may be HISP need to buy us serious Programming Tools like oxygen.


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Subject: Re: [Dhis2-devs] Documentation

From: Bob Jolliffe

Date: Wed, December 09, 2009 2:45 pm

To: Juma Lungo

Cc: Jason Pickering, Arther HISP, John lewis,, dhis2-devs, anthony muyepa

Hi Juma

Good to see you have some documentation for installing on Ubuntu. I did

create a dhis2 “deb packager” last week which is in the repository under

tools. Should make the ubuntu installation process much simpler. I can

merge documentation for this with your documentation once you have it up.


2009/12/9 Juma Lungo

Thanks Jason

i would like to be part of this movement.

we have also created some pieces of documentations.

for example how to install DHIS2 in Ubuntu, and some health programme

specific training manuals.

lets see how we can incoorperate this into the larger document.


Jason Pickering wrote:

Hi Lungo,

I have been helping out with the documentation effort. I am not sure

how much of the conversation you have followed, so I will briefly

start from the top. We had a discussion a few months back about trying

to consolidate all of the different documentation efforts into a

single repository, so that we can all collaborate together on it. We

decided to try and move all of the documentation to the DocBook

format, which is a pure XML format that is presentation neutral and

makes it easier for us to produce modular documents in a distributed


You can take a look at the documentation guide, to get you started. It

is available here…

It may look rather daunting at first, but once you get started, it is

pretty easy, especially if you are using one of the WYSIWYG editors

like Serna Free.

I will be happy to try and help get you started.

Best regards,


On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Juma Lungo > > >>> wrote:

Hi Lars

may be i have missed an email.

where is the current documentation you are refering to.

dhis2 documentation is a top priority work for the tanzanian case now.


Jason Pickering wrote:

Hi Lars,

Agreed for now.

I have some extra time on my hands right now, so I can try and work on

this a bit more if you get some more material.



2009/12/8 Lars Helge Øverland

Thanks a lot for this contribution Jason. The docs is really starting to

look better.

I will talk to Calle and see if he has some inputs. HISP SA has


produced a lot of material which could be borrowed from.

Re the inclusion in trunk I have changed my mind anyway, the size of the


branch is increasing quickly with all the images and would add too much


for people only wanting the code.


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