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aleluja
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... and include an outdated one? nooo.

ajax load in latest documentation over the top of old documentation :P

fallback of no internet would be old documentation.
^ good idea. I guess reviewers don’t look if the documentation has been updated correctly in a new update

Chrome doesn’t allow ajax from local by default, btw. And IE has a warning which I guess many won’t bypass.

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dtbaker
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... and include an outdated one? nooo.

ajax load in latest documentation over the top of old documentation :P

fallback of no internet would be old documentation.
^ good idea. I guess reviewers don’t look if the documentation has been updated correctly in a new update
Chrome doesn’t allow ajax from local by default, btw. And IE has a warning which I guess many won’t bypass.

Sorry not ajax per se, more like a script injection eg:

<script src="http://mywebsite.com/latest-documentation.php?item_id=1234"></script>
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projectby_us
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May, add 1 columb field for link to documentation. Is better then include it in every new update :)

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greenline
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Since many publisher, no matter which kind of business, release there documentations online and stop including a printed version in their package I’m wonder if we can do it similar.

Instead of updating both version every update I would include a documentation.html in the download package which redirects to the online version. This way I can have documentations on one place and keep them up-to-date more easily

What do you think?

I purchased one of the themes published on 13 April 2013, it has only a README.html which redirects to the online documentation, so that should work.

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Rameau
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But guys, if you do that, what if the user still wants to use the old theme? Or they don’t know if the theme has been updated, they’ll probably rate your item bad before figuring this. If you send them the new documentation it might not work anymore with the old theme. That’s why it’s good for them to have the offline documentation that goes with the version of the theme they are using.

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aleluja
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With an archive, ofc.

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GravityDept
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I’m moving my theme’s documentation entirely online in the next release. It’s much easier to structure, maintain, and update myself rather than pushing a whole new release into ThemeForest’s review queue. Then I can build useful things on top like a knowledge base or forum. Offline documentation is just not an important use case for products which run online.

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ThemeAvenue
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I also think online documentation is much easier to maintain and update. I think it’s in the best interest of the user to have an updated doc instead of a maybe outdated one in the ZIP.

Also, as GravityDept said, if you can include an FAQ and/or knowledge base, it’s an even better value for the customers.

Could Envato give an official position on this?

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SuggeElson
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I want this to be official procedure , online documentation is better.

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pezflash
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Imho, we have really few weapons to fight rippers and black market, and the main one is the help documentation. Don’t put it online, or you wil give another benefit to people finding rips or outdated item packs on warez sites.

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