It’s been almost ten years since I started contributing to open source projects. One of the big ways I’ve contributed in the past is writing user help . Not knowing how to code then (and still really don’t know now, as hard as I try to learn Python), writing is something I enjoy and an area where I think I can make a difference.
There are a number of different places to apply a writing skill in open source.
_Well, I`ve been looking real hard
And I`m trying to find a job
But it just keeps getting
Tougher every day
But I got to do my part
Cause I know in my heart
I got to please my
Sweet baby, yeah
I’ve been using Banshee for years now and I don’t know how I’d manage my (too) large music collection without it. The Banshee team released 1.7.5 on Tuesday.
One of the big improvements for GNOME 3.0 is new user help. The Documentation Team is using Mallard to re-write the GNOME User Guide and a number of applications help files as well.
In GNOME today, most help files are written in a very linear structure by chapter using Docbook XML. If you’re a user looking for help, it’s not always easy to find the right chapter that contains the topic you’re looking for help with.