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New editor - Martin Wheeler

Martin Wheeler <mwheeler@startext.co.uk> has been added to the list of
CVS users.

With Martin's permission, I am forwarding this message to the list, as
his introduction:

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Date:    Tue, 10 Nov 1998 17:41:29 +0000
From:    Martin Wheeler <mwheeler@startext.co.uk>
To:      Oliver Elphick <olly@lfix.co.uk>
Subject: Re: cvs update privileges 

On Tue, 10 Nov 1998, Oliver Elphick wrote:

> This is a sort of informal check, since I don't remember seeing anything
> from you on the debian-doc list.

Ummm.  Don't recall that I ever did send any mail in; but I've been
lurking there [and elsewhere] for a couple of years at least.
If I did, it would probably have been something horribly sarky
about spelling, or gross misuse of the English language.

Contact Andy Cater [amacater@galactic.demon.co.uk] if you would like a
personal reference -- he's a pukka developer, and is maintaining MPI/LAM
for our joint effort at promoting Debian for Beowulf.
(see:   http://www.startext.co.uk/beowulf)

>                                 Please let me know what area of the
> DDP you are interested in.

Currently -- corrections to spelling; and gross misuse of the English
language -- across all docs!
(I'm a proof-reader, among many other things; and I've got to the point
where I just can't take yet another instance of :
     it's          [for possessive]
etc., etc.
It's slowly driving me nuts.)

This is an important part of our primary interface with the user, and it
deserves far better presentation treatment than it's currently getting.
It's a doddle for me to correct, where it's probably hell on wheels for
non-native writers. (Or even a native-speaker who didn't benefit from the
sort of teachers I had in the 1940s and '50s -- who were themselves
trained in Victorian schools.  Anally retentive nitpickers, all of 'em.)
I put together a whole load of minor corrections about a year ago, but the
mechanics of checking them against the master texts and then getting
them to the DPP team were so frustrating that I gave up in despair.

Eventually, I might have something to contribute in the way of "creative"
technical writing; but I have no intention at the moment of doing
anything other than general proof-reading and minor textual corrections
to existing docs.
Hence my request for update privileges.

> If you have any ideas for altering or extending the current manuals, it
> would be a good idea to publish these on the list (at
> debian-doc@lists.debian.org) to give other people a chance to comment.

Of course.  And once I'm happy with the processes of downloading,
correcting/amending and committing docs (it all *seems* to work
beautifully these days) -- well, maybe I'll look at other ways in which I
can contribute.  But only after public discussion, obviously.

[I also happen to be translating Anne Bezemer's Debian 2 Installation and
User Manual from the Dutch (because it's very close to one I'd started to
write for my own teaching purposes), and I feel that this ought to go into
the documentation somehow, at some point -- but not for quite a while
yet. Getting used to DDP mechanics from the start will help in any
eventual transition, even tho' my preferred DTD is TEI tech-doc, not
docbook. And -- sorry! -- certainly not QWERTZ/linuxdoc/debiandoc.]

> Could you also let me know whether you have any other connection with 
> Debian

Not in any "official" [SPI] capacity, no.
I've long wanted to, but the sheer hassle of becoming a recognised
developer has always deterred me.  I don't consider myself a Unix guru
anyway, even though I suppose I could be called an early adopter of Linux 
(early 1994). My specialist field is language and linguistics -- and for
over a dozen years now, document engineering as well (note: *without* the
sneering prophylactic double quotes seen recently on the list). 
But I do teach "Linux"; and I do always promote the distribution I always
use for my own purposes (Debian/GNU) -- which I also sell locally (CDs
from Phil Hands, CheapBytes and LSL).
(see:   http://www.startext.co.uk/avalonix)

I'm also very keen on promoting Debian GNU/Linux for Beowulf architectures
- -- the RH monopolistic takeover of the field has annoyed quite a few
people, and I consider RH's use of the term "Extreme Linux"
for their own product *exclusively* to be an outrageous liberty.
I lurk on a fair number of lists on the debian side -- debian-mentors,
debian-devel, beowulf, etc., as well as a fair number on the SGML/tech.
doc side.

The only code hacking I consider I would be any good at would be in the
field of computational linguistics (not in great demand); so if I can
contribute to the Debian effort in any other area (e.g tech. doc.) then
I'm only too happy.

And I guess that's about it, really.

BTW, is there a canonically advised place to put one's own cvs working
directory when working on DDP stuff? (Not that it's likely to fit in with
my existing textbase on this machine -- but it's sometimes useful to
have an idea of where others might have stashed their local copy.)


- --
Martin Wheeler   -    StarTEXT, Glastonbury, Somerset, England - BA6 9PH
mwheeler@startext.co.uk                       http://www.startext.co.uk/

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Oliver Elphick                                Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight                              http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver
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      unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, 
      forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain 
      in the Lord."    1 Corinthians 15:58 

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