user help

Why I enjoy writing user help for GNOME

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.

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.