[ardour-users] Fwd: [ardour-dev] manual plan change
Johannes M Ringheim
jri at broadpark.no
Sat Dec 18 06:56:00 PST 2004
I would be happy to both contribute to (if able) and buy the manual.
It's also a good way to contribute for people who can't afford to donate
much, or don't know how to code, but still would like to help.
Jesse Chappell wrote:
>Forwarded from the ardour-dev mailing list.
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>Subject: [ardour-dev] manual plan change
>Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 09:17:47 -0500
>From: Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>
>To: ardour-dev at lists.ardour.org
>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
> 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
>So for the time being, there are a couple of immediate outstanding
> 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
>I hope that in making this decision, I am opening up possibilities,
>not closing them down. Let me know what you think.
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