Software Freedoms : documentation
On Wed, 27 Aug 2003 12:19:03 -0400, Brian T Sniffen <email@example.com> said:
This is a great start. My admittedly cursory look at the
archives failed to come up with a list similar to this posted
earlier, so I apologize if this has all been covered
innumerable time before.
> * The freedom to read the text, for any purpose.
> * The freedom to study how the text is written, and adapt it to your
> needs. Access to the text in the preferred form for modification
> is a precondition for this.
This includes the ability to modify the work to fit in low memory
situations, refernce cards, PDA's, embedded devices, etc.
* Freedom to reformat the document into a preferred format or medium
(converting to braille, or speech, or postscript, etc).
> * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your
> * The freedom to improve the text, and release your improvements to
> the public, so that the whole community benefits. Access to the
> preferred form for modification is a precondition for this.
For program documentation, this implies being able to change the
documentation to reflect the changes in the program.
* Freedom to translate the text into any other language (esperanto,
> * The freedom to keep your modifications, or even your possession of
> a copy of the text, confidential.
"I am astounded ... at the wonderful power you have developed - and
terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put
on record forever." Arthur Sullivan, on seeing a demonstration of
Edison's new talking machine in 1888
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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