Xfce user help (aka documentation) writers needed

gianluca foddis gianluca.foddis at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 11:22:37 CET 2010

Hi Jim,
 this sounds really interesting and I will do my best for providing
some contribution.

Just few questions:
- why mallard? what are the others possibilities?
- is there some tool to write mallard docs or we have to write plain
txt docs with mallard syntax?


I'm not able to see your links [2] (I'm behind a corporate proxy, but..).

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 7:55 AM, Jim Campbell <jwcampbell at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have been in touch with a few of you over the past few weeks, but wanted
> to formally seek the assistance of people in writing user help (aka
> documentation) for the Xfce project.
> We're going to be writing the user help in Mallard [1], and you can see a
> sample set of mallard-based documentation on my website [2].  Mallard works
> best when we author things in a topic-based fashion, so that's what we'll
> aim to do.  Topic-based help frequently answers the basic question of "How
> do I . . . ?" thus providing users with digestible chunks of information
> that address their specific needs.  You can see more about topic-based help
> by reading the initial portions of this article [3].
> i'd also like to plan out some time for us to meet on IRC (exact meeting
> channel is TBD) to discuss and plan the project.  if you're interested,
> please mark your available meeting times on the following poll:
> http://www.doodle.com/yc9ud37x44dzii2s
> Thanks, all.  I'm enthusiastic about this project, and I hope you'll help me
> in making Xfce better for all us.  :-)
> Jim
> [1] Mallard website (under
> construction): http://www.gnome.org/~shaunm/projectmallard/
> [2] Documentation source files: http://j1m.net/?attachment_id=153 and html
> output files: http://j1m.net/?attachment_id=154
> [3] Topic based help info: http://dita.xml.org/topic-based-authoring
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