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Re: Something I would like to see
Tom Fawcett wrote:
> Joshua Drake <email@example.com> wrote:
> > One of the constant drawbacks for the LDP in getting new authors is the
> > requirement that they submit with SGML.
> At the risk of sounding like an elitist snot, maybe this is a good thing.
> Speaking as a HOWTO author, there's a fair amount of work in organizing,
> writing, illustrating, indexing and maintaining a document. Learning
> SGML/DocBook is not trivial, but it's not horrible either, and it's only a
> small fraction of the (ongoing) overall author effort. I have to wonder
> about the people for whom SGML is such an impediment to getting involved---
> would these people really make good contributors?
Absolutely. You are an accountant who has been use MAS 90 for years.
All of a sudden you get a offer from 2 different companies one uses Timberline,
the other uses MAS 90.
You take the MAS 90 job because of familiarity with the application. Does it make
you a bad accountant because you don't want to learn Timberline? Absolutely not.
> On the other hand, maybe this is a good reason to keep a separate,
> lower-quality document category, like what the mini-HOWTOs used to be,
> which can be submitted in any format.
Just because someone doesn't know SGML does not make the document either lower
quality or the author any less qualified to write a HOWTO.
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<COMPANY>CommandPrompt - http://www.commandprompt.com </COMPANY>
<PROJECT>OpenDocs, LLC. - http://www.opendocs.org </PROJECT>
<PROJECT>LinuxPorts - http://www.linuxports.com </PROJECT>
<WEBMASTER>LDP - http://www.linuxdoc.org </WEBMASTER>
Instead of asking why a piece of software is using "1970s technology,"
start asking why software is ignoring 30 years of accumulated wisdom.
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