[Mono-dev] Current state of documentation?

Brian Crowell mono-devel at fluggo.com
Mon Feb 27 18:03:32 EST 2006

Joshua Tauberer wrote:
> For future reference, mono-docs-list is the right place for these
> questions.  (Anyone replying should now reply on that list and not
> mono-devel-list.)  On to my reply:

I would, except that list appears to be a ghost town. I'll check with them as 
soon as my subscription clears, though.

> Unless the ECMA docs have been released under an open-source-ish
> license, they're copyrighted and can't be 'imported' without permission
> from the copyright holder.  I don't know if they're licensed at all.
> The other way to update docs is for people to write them. :)

There's a fundamental problem here: Any documentation you could write for the 
base classes must necessarily be a derivative work of the original ECMA 
documentation. I think trying to avoid copyright infringement here will be 
difficult at best.

I've written to the ECMA to ask what the rules are on licensing the contents of 
their standards. It might be better, though, if either a Novell employee or a 
Swiss native would give them a call.


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