The Version 12 Help file does not contain any "What's New" sections prior to 10.0.0: http://dcx.sybase.com/index.html#1200en/sachanges/sachanges12.html
Sure, I can find them somewhere else, like an older Help file. But it just makes life more difficult when, for example, trying to determine when EXPRTYPE was added so I can answer a question.
I.e., there's not much point suggesting EXPRTYPE to someone using 8.0.3.
I believe that more, not less material should be in the Help. Web docs are OK, but DCX is really slow, and most tech notes and white papers don't have dates in them (that sucks big wampum, no dates, makes them less than fully useful).
Besides, the "What's New" sections are small and they NEVER need updating... what's the big deal?
Why the rush to purge history?
asked 28 Oct '10, 09:33
Space wasn't an issue in this case. Generally we evaluate removals based on factors such as relevancy, redundancy, and effort to maintain. In this case, our reasons were two-fold:
One, subsequent EBFs on those early versions actually changed behavior away from what the older descriptions were saying, leading to confusion about the descriptions vs. how the old release was behaving after an EBF xyz etc. was installed. Although this can still happen, we wanted to minimize the amount of mismatch in a 'current' doc install, as it was very high.
Two, the effort to maintain the old information both at an XML level (which, as a standard, evolves over time) and at a content level (subsequent changes to the behavior released in EBFs and new releases) was considerable compared to the frequency that the info gets used.
Mind you, we did recognize that there might still be cases where folks on older releases might want to scan all changes up to current. That's why we provided a link to it. Yes, it does require an extra link to get to it, but it seemed a reasonable hurdle, comparatively.
Hope this is helpful.
answered 02 Nov '10, 16:32