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KDE 4.1 documentation needs your help

Wow what a day! I woke up this morning to an email from Allen Winter letting us know that he would like to implement a documentation freeze on June 3, 2008. That is like 2 weeks away! There is still a lot of documentation work to be done and very few of us to spread around. This is where you come in!

  • Can you read and write English?
  • Can you write technical documentation using DocBook/XML?
  • Do you have KDE 4.1 running on one of your machines? (either a recent alpha release or a trunk checkout will do…it would be nice if you were running a 4.1 or trunk release)
  • Can you do 200 push ups?

Wait a second!?!? 200 push ups? Don’t know how that one got in there. Anyways, we NEED PEOPLE OF ALL SKILL SETS, who can read and write English fairly well, to help us get out as much documentation as possible for the 4.1 release, due out on my birthday, July 29th! If you are familiar with writing documentation and know your way around DocBook/XML, man do we have a lot of work for you πŸ™‚ If you can read and write English but aren’t up on your DocBook skills, we can use you as well, and will have plenty for you to do.

There is plenty to be done and this is a perfect opportunity for you to get involved with KDE development. If you are interested, please get on IRC and join us in #kde-docs on Freenode. I (nixternal) will be around pretty much all day to help out as well as a few others will be in there to help out as well. So if you are ready to jump into something head first, hey, come and see us πŸ™‚

Thanks everyone!

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  • Meh

    Write in English?

    The Spanish documentation for KDE 3.5.9 (the one everyone sees when getting Kubuntu) is full of typos, not to mention huge stuff not translated at all. I don’t want to even imagine how it is in KDE4…

  • Get involved with translating KDE 4 docs then πŸ™‚ they can always use your help.

  • Wow, I think it is awesome you are all working on documentation! You are my heroes!

  • Richard Moore

    I’d point out that people who don’t know docbook but can write something can help too. If someone can provide docs in HTML etc. then it can still help massively.

  • @Richard – most definitely! thanks for that reminder.

  • FreddyMartinez

    I can help review docs. I’m going to be in Indiana but I’ll do a check out of the docs.

  • R

    Can you tell me more? What needs to be done?? How much work/time do you think it’s needed??

  • Dorin

    As a KDE user, I would love to help. However I tried compiling KDE trunk and failed. It would be nice if kde devs or distro packagers could make binary packages of trunk every few days.I use kubuntu but couldn’t find binary packages.

  • Thomson

    I can translate the English documentation in German. Where can i help?

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