August 8th, 2007

Random Assortment of Updates

Since I'm not really in a hacking mood ATM, I figured I'd do some pimping / recruiting here...

First: Say hello to the new yelp. Its been a year in the making, but finally it arrived. Awww, it's shy. Come on...
Yelp 2.19.1

There are still a few things to work out, but it's getting there. Now, I figure most people are sitting there thinking "that took a year? It doesn't look that different." but most of the changes are under the hood, which makes it easier for us to do cool new stuff in the future and makes it somewhat faster to load (the manuals are parsed in the background so the first page is available quickly). The above is more to show off our pretty new docbook output, thanks to the wonders of gnome-doc-utils.

Oh, and I'm starting to work through our bugs again (down from 210 yesterday to 180 today). I'll keep ploughing through.


Are you looking for a way into GNOME, but don't know what to do? Well, the doc team is here to offer you options...

Writers: No experience or programming knowledge needed. There are loads of manuals that need updating. Unfortunately, since our current writers are overwhelmed, they don't have time to review patches (and reviewing doc patches sucks), so it might be a bit of a struggle. However, now we're in feature freeze, it's time for doc work to warm up. If you've got patches, annoy us in #docs [1] and we will get around to reviewing it. If you want to get into this, annoy us in #docs [1] and we'll try and help you get started.

Programmers: Yelp has lots of work needed (doesn't everything always?). Two big ones are:

  • Man pages - Someone to start making man page parsing more correct / beautiful would be amazing

  • DBus activation - We would like to provide dbus activation and allow apps to signal us to open a page / manual

Of course, there's loads more bugs to fix and improvements to do as well.

Rarian also has lots of stuff I'd like to see done (which I won't list here).

If you're interested in the above, ping us on the GNOME doc devel mailing list or come into #docs [1] and we'll try and help you out.

Third and finally...

I put my slides up from GUADEC (better late than never). Available here.

[1] on IRC - join #docs . Don't be afraid that we don't seem active. I (at least) do read logs and will answer eventually (if you can't hang around that long, leave an email address)