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I'm not sure I understand the reason for having a page on this site describing some software which has its own webpage. What's the point in just duplicating a small sub-set of the information on the full (remote) website? All that happens is that you have to click on two links rather than one in order to get to the webpage you're looking for.
I'm not sure I understand the reason for having a page on this site describing some software which has its own webpage. What's the point in just duplicating a small sub-set of the information on the full (remote) website? All that happens is that you have to click on two links rather than one in order to get to the webpage you're looking for.
[[User:Adamr|Adamr]] 13:22, 29 Jan 2007 (GMT)
[[User:Adamr|Adamr]] 13:22, 29 Jan 2007 (GMT)
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One practical reason is that if the home page changes, you'd have to edit the links in every page that mentions the software. This way, only one link needs changing. -- Chris

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I'm currently debating just linking from each item on the list to the site where the software in question is hosted, or whether I should allow for a descriptive page for some (all?) of the apps, eg: StrongED, Director, NetSurf, Messenger, where helpful setup/usage hints could go.

Thoughts?

Software linking

Ideally, software should have its own page on riscos.info, with that page linking to its home page. StrongED for example already has its own page. But even a very short description like the Zap page is fine. Try to avoid mentioning software versions, as those often change. Like Wikipedia, I want a degree of independence of information, and not be just another site that links to others.

Games

I'm not sure about removing the games from this list. I think they're as worthy as other software. Emulators don't really belong in the games section anyway.

I take your point about emulators. Not sure what 6502Em was doing in there in the first place. However, the purpose of this page is for software that makes your RISC OS experience that little bit easier, and to be a repository for anyone out there thinking: "I wonder if there's an application that does X". As such, I don't think games belong, whereas BotX already has a page related to Gaming.

The section is about "recommended software", rather than "essential software", according to the title.


OK.

Software Linking

I'm not sure I understand the reason for having a page on this site describing some software which has its own webpage. What's the point in just duplicating a small sub-set of the information on the full (remote) website? All that happens is that you have to click on two links rather than one in order to get to the webpage you're looking for. Adamr 13:22, 29 Jan 2007 (GMT)

One practical reason is that if the home page changes, you'd have to edit the links in every page that mentions the software. This way, only one link needs changing. -- Chris

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