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Debian Doc Project and LDP -- hail and well-met

Hey, you guys may be interested to know that I've stepped up as the
new leader of the Debian Documentation Project, or DDP.  URL is
currently http://www.debian.org/~elphick/ddp/ but that will probably
be integrated into www.debian.org/devel/ddp or some such in a month or

Anyhow, I'd just like to open this channel of communication between
the LDP and the DDP.  I know we have different goals and some
different problems and even different tools, but our ultimate goal is
the same:  

  Better documentation for Free Software Users!  (Linux or otherwise)

I know there has been some issues and misunderstandings in the past.
I'd like to put forth my opinions a bit here, in itemized form:

  - the DDP should not overlap the LDP in any way; any efforts for
    general Linux documentation or free software documentation should
    go as far upstream as possible, that is, and not excluded to,
    sending patches to LDP maintainers and upstream software
    maintainers.  This outlook is nothing less than what is required
    by the Debian Social Contract.

  - I personally feel that more efforts should be made to bring
    translators into the mainstream.  CVS access, and the proper use
    of SGML (separating language-independant from language-dependant
    material) can help this effort a lot.

  - [purely opinion here, no official status to this] I feel that LDP
    HOWTOs should be distribution-neutral insofar as possible.  Most
    issues experienced by users are the same no matter the
    distribution.  "Installation HOWTOs", I feel, should be maintained
    in general by the distributions rather than the LDP.  General
    issues (i.e., Hardware HOWTO, Ethernet HOWTO) should be handled by
    the LDP.

I try to read this list and keep up, but always feel free to CC
<debian-doc@lists.debian.org> if you feel the message is of interested
to Debian developers.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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