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GDP Status Report


1.  Status Reports


This is the status of the Gentoo Documentation Project. It will be posted regularly, but not with a static frequency. All questions can be posted to or to me personally.

The Gentoo Documentation Project, from now on abbreviated to GDP, has its own project page (just like almost all other Gentoo projects). You can find it at


This status mail will briefly discuss the following tasks, objectives and/or projects related to the GDP:

2.  Supported Languages

The Danish translations are fully integrated in the documentation project. Their documentation can be found at the Danish documentation index page. We welcome broeman and Aaby to our team :)

Dertobi123 will also joined our team as new lead translator for the German language. He will take over Pylon's position. We ofcourse also welcome dertobi123 aboard :)

3.  PDF Documentation

As is mentioned in previous status mails, we will create PDFs using FOP. However, development of the script is on a hiatus until the new infrastructure design is ready to be deployed (namely having webnodes sync from a master webnode instead of from the gentoo cvs server).

4.  GuideXML Update

The GuideXML format, used to develop the documentation, has been extended with the possibility to identify chapters or sections so that internal references are dealt with more easily. More information on this can be found at the online gentoo-doc archive.

5.  Gentoo Handbook

The part on "Installing Gentoo" is now the official source for installation instructions. The "older" installation guides are still maintained though up until the new Gentoo Linux comes out.

6.  WYSIWYG Editor

ian is working on a (GPL'd) tool that allows editors to create documents through a webbased WYSIWYG editor. Currently it works but lacks some necessary features, such as 100% GuideXML compliance, and the use of the Coding Style. However, the project looks very promising. Certainly one to keep an eye on :)

7.  Stylesheets

The guide-print.xsl style has been updated so that the printable versions of our documentation is really printable. Before, a margin was left unprinted, rendering the "printer friendly" feature useless.


Page updated November 24, 2003

Summary: Status report of the GDP project

Sven Vermeulen

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