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Re: suggestion: DFDG - Debian Free Documentation Guidelines [was: Discussion - non-free software removal]

On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 08:49:31AM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 11:30:23AM +0100, Martin Wuertele wrote:
> > So how about a set of Debian Free Documentation Guidelines in addition
> > to the DFSG? Documentation is not Software and thus imo different rules
> > apply to them. Imo for a docs it is enough if it is allowed to be
> > redistributed and quoted while restricting modification is not
> > necessary. Docs available for free redistribution and quoting do provide
> Wrong.  If you have the right to modify a piece of software for your own
> purposes, why should you not have the right to modify its documentation to
> state what you have done?

This kind of modification is not useful for standards documents, which are
meant to provide a sufficiently robust description to facilitate the
development of interoperable implementations, and not to document software.
If you modify a piece of software which implements a standard, you do not
make corresponding modifications to the standards document.

 - mdz

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