[Development] Qt Assistant (was: RE: Qt 6 co-installability with Qt 5)

Kai Pastor, DG0YT dg0yt at mailbox.org
Thu Nov 19 19:27:08 CET 2020

Am 19.11.20 um 09:15 schrieb Kai Köhne:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Kai Pastor, DG0YT <dg0yt at mailbox.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:27 AM
>> To: Kai Köhne <Kai.Koehne at qt.io>; development at qt-project.org
>> Subject: Re: [Development] Qt 6 co-installability with Qt 5
>> Am 19.11.20 um 08:20 schrieb Kai Köhne:
>>>> Am 18.11.20 um 15:50 schrieb Kai Köhne:
>>>>> FYI, we've been taking assistant out of Qt 6.0.
>>>>> https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-86746 . It's not depending on
>>>>> any particular Qt version, so my suggestion is to resurrect it (if
>>>>> there's enough demand) outside of qt5.git.
>>>> Could you please clarify: Can building Qt Asistant be enabled by a
>>>> configuration option? Is it still build as part of CI?
>>> Currently not. I think it should be completely removed from qttools -
>> disabling the build was just the quickest way for the 6.0 release.
>> I wouldn't mind if Assistant would actually be moved to a different repository.
>> But so far, it is only a suggestion.
> Yes, because the priority Is currently to get Qt 6.0 out.
>>>> Now with all Qt help links changed to the online version, how is Qt
>>>> Assistant/QTextBrowser limiting Qt's documentation at all, justifying
>>>> its removal from the build (so late in the Qt 6 release process)?
>>> The reason why we removed Qt Assistant in the beta phase is that I don't
>> think it should be part of Qt 6.
>> Do you want to remove it from "Qt 6", from "Qt 6.0", or from "Qt 6.0.0"?
> For Qt 6. I just don't see a good reason that Qt Assistant should be shipped and built as part of the Qt libraries.
>> There has been no deprecation of this Qt feature AFAIK.
> Alright, I see now that we should probably have discussed this on this mailing list beforehand, my fault.
> Still, I think that removing of Qt Assistant in Qt 6.0 is only a 'blocker' for the developers that ship Qt Assistant binaries as a help viewer for their own content. If you are one of them, please speak up at https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-88406 , so we can prioritize accordingly.
IMO this also needs to be brought to the attention of the qt-interest 
mailing list. People using Qt Assistant for their application 
documentation are more likely to read that list. However, I'm not 
subscribed there.


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