[Scummvm-devel] Wiki Per Game Compatibility by Platform (formerly Wiki Editing)

MetaFox 4sfemail at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 22:11:50 CET 2009

I hope you don't mind me replying to a really old post.  My e-mail wasn't
working at the time, and I was never subscribed to scummvm-devel.

I just came upon this post a few days ago, and this is an issue that still
needs to be addressed in my opinion.

I agree with not having all of the information from the compatibility list
entry.  It's probably too much tech talk for the average user.

I narrowed it down to just compatibility per port.  I updated the
aforementioned Loom page:
http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/Loom Loom with just the platform
compatibility.  I'm not sure if it should be listed like that, or if it should
be listed separately per platform.

Or maybe we should just point to the new compatibility by platform page,
and not list them per game.  I'm not sure about that though, as I know
some platforms with less memory for example support all of the SCUMM
games except for Curse of Monkey Island.

Maybe listing exceptions on the new compatibility page would be the
best way to go, that way users can just look it all up on one page in the
wiki.  I'm not sure how to go about that though.  An asterisk style note to
check the bottom might go unnoticed, and there's no room to list exceptions
in the table.  It already looks a bit crowded now IMO.


> Hi Metafox, (CC: scummvm-devel)

> it's good to see that you are working on enhancing the game entries
> on the Wiki, as per my suggestions on <http://wiki.scummvm.org/
> index.php/Documentation/TODO#Enhancing_the_.27Game.27_wiki_entries>.

> Maybe others are interested in this, too. One problem with that doc
> TODO is that it was not yet shown to the rest of the team, and some
> people may have different opinions on some of the suggestions there.
> I hereby would like to encourage everybody to edit that wiki page,
> and/or voice opinions on the matter here. Speak up now or be silent
> forever *ggg*.

> Right now, I have these remarks:

> Compatibility tables
> ====================
> The compatibility table on e.g. <http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/
> Loom is IMHO not all that helpful. The extra detail with the
> variants in it doesn't help most people, but may confuse many; it
> just obscures the actual information (that no compatibility problems
> are known).

> Some people may argue about the usefulness of a per-game
> compatibility table anyway. Well, I say: People do want to know
> either "which games will work on my device" or "will this and that
> game work on my device". The former questions is best answered with a
> compat table on the platform page of the relevant port, *assuming* it
> lists all relevant games individually. Which they usually don't.
> Hence the idea to show some compatibility info on the game's page, too.

> But when you start listing every variant in a separate row, you then
> should continue to list compatibility on every device, of which there
> are dozens (for WinCE, Palm and Symbian, you really want to inform on
> each device individually), so you'd get a *HUUUUGE* list, with tons
> of duplication compared to the platform pages. Ugh. Very hard to
> maintain, and possibly very confusing to our users.

> Hence, I think a much briefer overview would be sufficient and
> possibly more helpful. Like: "This game should work fine on all
> platforms officially supported by ScummVM, with the exception of X,
> Y, Z [with links to the platform compat pages]. For more details on
> why this is so, refer to A and B." (the latter only added if
> available, of course).
> As an example, Broken Sword runs on most ports, except for some of
> the smaller ones due to resolution or memory problems.

> Bye,
> Max

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