When Fedora installed the synaptics driver they did not install the manual for it.
The man command is the age-old grandfather of the help file. It's program documentation. Everything that's worth installing on your system has a "man file." (Whether it's installed or not is a different story.) In theory, there should be a man file for every program on your computer that can be issued from the command line... I have noticed, though, that programs that can be called from the commandline, but are meant to be run only in X, that they don't have a command line, but there are help files for those... You would access these manuals by invoking "man <commandname>" .. even man has it's own man page: `man man`
Generally, good drivers have man pages. Fedora just pre-installs it for you.
As far as the man pages that exist, I really don't know the entire answer to that question. I'm sure there is a command-line solution, but I couldn't tell you what it is. When I'm working strictly in command-line, I simply assume that a command has a man page. man grep, man ls, man iwconfig, etc.etc... I don't know about GNOME but in KDE there's a way to list all the man pages in HTML format. In the KDE help center, you can "browse the UNIX manual pages." When you do that, you're actually browsing the same man pages you would get in a command line... and yes, I have used this thing before.... very nice.
As far as your problem with the synaptic driver... I was looking for man pages or some net reference and I actually stumbled upon this:
which is a GUI driver controller for the synaptics device... much like the one that comes with Windows... The only problem is that it is compiled for Ubuntu, and if you want it, you'll have to compile it for your system and make sure that it works. I only offer that because it is the project's "homepage"
and you WILL get a bunch of places where you can find fedora rpms for gsynaptics. Find one you like, download it. Open up a terminal, su to root, and go to where you downloaded it.
yum localinstall gsynaptics*rpm
and you should be all set.
I have to thank you for getting me to look for this... I will start playing with this tonight... hopefully it works as advertised.
Good luck with it!