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Re: description writing guide

On Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 03:21:24PM -0500, David B Harris <david@eelf.ddts.net> was heard to say:
> On Thu, 5 Dec 2002 12:13:57 +0100
> Michael Piefel <piefel@debian.org> wrote:
> > Line breaks already aren't preserved, and there already exist a very
> > specific set of rules for that. Look into your documentation, and have
> > a look at dselect.
> I already have example applications which don't preserve them :)
> packages.d.o was just one such example.
> Could you point me at the documentation in question?

  I think it used to be in the Developer's Reference, Policy, or the
Packaging Guide.  I'd check those -- although I wasn't able to find it
last time I wanted to refer to it.

  Basically, all lines in a long description start with (at least) one
space, paragraphs are separated by a line containing only a period, and
lines starting with two spaces are formatted literally and not
word-wrapped.  Oh, and lines beginning with a period which contain other
letters are reserved for future expansion.

  There may be more, I don't remember perfectly.


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