[ardour-dev] manual plan change

Larry Lines larry at twistedpop.com
Fri Dec 17 06:52:58 PST 2004

Paul Davis wrote:

> After much consideration, I have decided on a change of plan for the
> Ardour manual. As with many things in my life, I have to get
> realistic, and there are 2 aspects of reality that have to be
> acknowledged here:
> 1) with the current plan for manual (Paul writes it), there will
> be no manual.
> 2) likely income from the manual is going to be pretty small,
> insufficient to make ardour a viable income source to live
> on, or even be a significant part of it.
> I believe that a better strategy is to follow a wiki-based model,
> where ardour.org will host a wiki (probably MediaWiki, as used by
> Wikipedia), and anybody can contribute to the manual.
> There is a proviso: I will still reserve the right to later publish a
> manual (probably via CafePress), and collect any revenues that come
> from it. I feel OK about this, given my own investment in Ardour's
> development. If you don't feel OK this, then please just don't
> contribute to the Wiki. Feel free to write your own documentation
> elsewhere.
> So for the time being, there are a couple of immediate outstanding
> tasks:
> a) install mediawiki on ardour.org.
> - taybin has sorta-kinda said he would do this, but he
> may have a lot on his plate right now, and there may
> be someone here with experience of mediawiki.
> b) move the material from the existing (LaTeX) manual into
> the wiki.
> Longer term, we will need tools to extract the documentation from the
> manual and render it as HTML or LaTex. These might exist already. I
> would also like someone (or more than one person) to take on the role
> of day-to-day editor for the wiki, checking edits on a regular basis,
> etc. etc. I will remain "executive editor", shaping the manual as I
> see appropriate.
> I hope that in making this decision, I am opening up possibilities,
> not closing them down. Let me know what you think.
> --p
> _______________________________________________
I also have not had much experience with a Wiki, but I will contribute
where I can. And all conditions are entirely acceptable and
reasonable. When I saw your previous stance regarding this issue,
a similar idea occurred to me. Your efforts are truly appreciated.
I will contribute where I can.

Larry Lines

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