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Re: Removal of Documents [Re: Something I would like to see]

I am editing the Securing and Optimizing Red Hat Linux
Guide and converting it to SGML. This is my first Linux contribution.

Since this is my first post to the list, I'll let you know that I am new to
Linux. I asked Gerhard Mourani, the author, if he would mind my editing the
document, as French is his native language, and I speak English natively. I
just joined the list to help me learn what I need to do to accomplish the
conversion. This is pretty much what you recommended.

BTW, I have found the SGML information quite comprehensive so far. I have had
problems getting the SGML tools properly installed, and have still not been
successful. But the SGML / DocBook information is pretty good.


On Tue, 02 May 2000, Joe Cooper wrote:
> Joshua Drake wrote:
> > 
> > --- PREFACE---
> > 
> > I am not trying to start a war here. I am just trying to see what people think about
> > things that I have been asks by other people.
> > 
> > ---END---
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > O.k. now that we have been through that - I have another question, we have 3 large
> > documents that are in no way written in SGML.
> > 
> > Get Acquainted with Linux Security and Optimization System
> >     Which is written in Microsoft Word and the produced to PDF
> > 
> > Linux Administrator's Security Guide
> >     Which is written in HTML
> > 
> > What should we do with these? These are prefectly good documents but not within our
> > standard guidelines.
> > 
> > J
> Good question.  So far, the "guides can be anything you want...but don't
> expect us to
> convert/translate/edit/fix/fiddle/modify/adopt/respect-in-the-morning/like
> it" policy seems to be working ok.  The books are carefully separated
> out and people know they've only got those formats to choose from.  And
> really, having HTML is all one needs most of the time.
> Maybe a conversion effort?  Wouldn't it be possible to convince these
> authors to LOOK at what the conversion looks like after it's finished
> and then make all future changes using the same format?  I mean, really,
> if you see a good solid example of SGML in action and you are working in
> an already feature complete template, if you have any sense at all you
> can figure out what needs to be done.
> If at that point the old author doesn't want to continue in SGML then
> maybe, as was suggested in an earlier response, they could be teamed
> with an editor buddy who will do the SGML-izing.  The author could
> produce pure text and a html/pdf/ps of what it 'ought' to look like and
> send it to the editor.  Then the editor could make it right.
> Just some thoughts.
>                                  -- 
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