Mallard

Keep On Rockin’ Me Baby

_Well, Ive been looking real hard And Im 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 Steve Miller 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.

Quack – An update on GNOME 3.0 Help

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.

GNOME Odds & Ends

A few different things going on: Tomboy documentation is almost done in Mallard. I’ve really enjoyed using the Mallard syntax – so much less complex than Docbook. Every time I have to look up an element reference, I shake my head and think, “Duh! That makes so much more sense I should have figured that out!“. Nice work Shaun. I triaged some docs bugs in GNOME Bugzilla. Want to get involved with the GNOME Documentation team but don’t know where to start?

GNOME Docs Hackfest (Part I)

(A duck at Inglis Falls, in Owen Sound, Ontario, home of woscon09. If only it had been a mallard…) Milo Casagrande, who attended woscon09 with the GNOME Docs team last week, has written an introduction to Mallard. Milo and Phil spent Sunday’s hackfest creating the first Mallard document for use as a help file within an application. We chose Empathy, for a few different reasons, including: it will be in GNOME in 2.

GNOME Updates

Lots of stuff going on in the world of GNOME for me! Attended a few meetings last week with GNOME related projects. This past Sunday, April 19th, the Documentation team met for the first time in a while. Shaun gave an update on the status of Mallard, the new markup language for GNOME Docs; a possible change to how we license docs; an introduction to Pulse and some brainstorming on new ways to bring guides to users.