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Re: DocBook XML rises from the ashes!

On Thu, 2006-11-30 at 17:40 -0500, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> Hi gang,
> It has become apparent over the last few months that having only a
> couple of people with DocBook XML and CVS skills is a bit of a hampering
> factor for the Docs Project.  This is completely independent of Wiki
> use, and whether we have wiki docs or not, we will *always* need some
> people with these skills, more than we have right now for sure.  I
> raised this issue in Tuesday's meeting and wanted to follow up with a
> proposal.
> We need at least four volunteers to step up to learn these technologies,
> only to the extent needed to accomplish the following goals:
> 1. Understand how to check out document modules from our source code
> management (SCM) system -- currently CVS.
> 2. Build documents that are already written and edited, and report
> problems fully if unsuccessful.
> 3. Understand how to make changes as directed and commit them to the
> SCM.
> 4. Understand how to publish documents to the web site.  (Currently this
> is fedora.redhat.com/docs, but we will track changes as needed.)

I've spent some time learning about this stuff, but then dropped off...
I am definitely up for this.

> We need to agree on a way to train in these technologies.  I think IRC
> meetings would suffice, but we will need to agree on a date and time.
> We can use other technologies on an "as needed" basis, such as gobby.
> I can promise people that the training will be virtually painless and
> will require *NO prior experience* with any markup language, shell
> scripting or programming language, although if you've ever hit "View
> Source" in your Firefox browser, that's a plus.  (You don't have to
> understand what you saw, but the fact that you cared shows a lot of
> promise.) :-)  
> I can also promise you that anyone can learn this stuff, especially
> anyone who already knows how to install and use Fedora.  In fact, I
> didn't know any of it until I got here in 2003.  (And some would
> probably say that I only know enough to be dangerous now.)
> Please step up -- we need YOU!
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