http://www.opencyc.org/doc says "In order to get started learning
about OpenCyc, complete the sections of the Cyc 101 Tutorial
titled ...". In order to work my way through the tutorial, I decided
to download and print the PDF files. Even with a reasonably high-
speed Internet connection, this took me a few hours. I consider
this to be a significant barrier to entry for new users and think the
tutorial should be made quicker and easier to access. Here are
some specific suggestions:
file size - The PDF files for the tutorial are far larger than they
should be, ranging from a few MB to well over a dozen MB in a
few cases. The documents should be reprocessed to create PDF
files of reasonable size.
downloading - In order to download the PDF files, the user must
"open up" several topics on http://www.opencyc.org/doc/tut/, then
individually download 30+ files. If the files were of reasonable
size, as noted above, it would be possible to provide zipped
archives containing the entire PDF and PowerPoint versions.
format - You might want to consider providing an HTML version of
the tutorial. Looking over the downloaded material, I saw little that
required PDF. An HTML version would provide a lot more
immediacy and could easily be linked to other documentation.
nits - A few incidental issues also came to my attention while I
was downloading the files:
"Errors with Constants, Variables and Reliance on NL" =>
"Errors with Constants, Variables, and Reliance on NL"
"Errors with Specialization, Generalization & Rules" =>
"Errors with Specialization, Generalization, and Rules"
"Fundamental ExpressionTypes" =>
"Fundamental Expression Types"
The file name "SpatialPropertiesAndRelations.pdf" was truncated
by Mac OS X during the download process.