Re: Man Pages
On Friday 04 May 2001 10:00, Lauri Watts wrote:
> We recently gained some volunteers to write man pages for the console/daemon
> KDE apps, and so we've been doing some experimentation with DocBook to set
> this up.
What's the status of these experiments? I found
Searching CVS head kdelibs,base,office from HEAD found nothing
like man\* or \*man.\*
> We are specifically not wanting to use *roff as a source format, because
> we've gone to some lengths to automate and simplify the translation process,
> and DocBook is an excellent source format for this type of documentation -
> the manual pages will of course be converted to *roff, probably during
> compile time.
> I've just been informed however, that the Debian KDE packages have already
> been creating manual pages. A cursory search through our CVS finds me a
> handful of these, three in the kdebase module to be precise.
> It's entirely possible I'm being blind and not seeing them - or it's possible
> they aren't in our CVS tree. In any case, I have some questions:
> 1: Where do I find them, and how can I get them (bearing in mind I don't
> actually use Debian, or even Linux in fact). FTP or anonCVS access is fine,
> or even webcvs, I just don't really know where to start looking.
> 2: To avoid duplication of effort, is there any objection to us (KDE) taking
> the already written man pages and converting them to DocBook, and then moving
> them into the doc directory of each module? All existing credits and
> copyrights will of course be left intact.
> Having them in the main CVS <module>/doc/ hierarchies will mean they are
> translated into most major languages and quite some minor ones as soon as
> they are committed, which you must agree is a good thing.
> 3: If this is the case, that there are Debian written manual pages outside of
> KDE CVS, and if in fact you would like to carry on writing them, perhaps we
> can discuss a priority list, or some division (or at least, which end of the
> long list we should each start at,) to save our new volunteers and your
> writers covering the same applications. As I mentioned, we were planning to
> concentrate efforts on the console apps and daemons first, as they currently
> have no documentation at all.
> I'm not subscribed to your list - I did bookmark the archive page at
> http://lists.kde.org, but it will probably be quicker to CC me with any
> Lauri Watts
> KDE Documentation Team
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