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Re: Looking for a copyediting and technical writing learning experience

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Looking for a copyediting and technical writing learning experience
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 12:03:15 -0800
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danka <address@hidden> writes:

> My name is Dan Kappus. I am looking for a small software project to work 
> with. I want to learn software documentation (docbook, xml, all that) by 
> doing.

We don't use DocBook or XML in PSPP (or in most GNU software).
We do use Texinfo.  It's not hard to learn, but it's not what
you're asking about.


> My interest in PSPP is that I am a statistics student, and hope to be 
> going to graduate school evenutally in the social sciences. PSPP lets me 
> do basic useful statistics without paying a huge license fee. I'm never 
> going to be a compsci wizkid, but I would like to make a contribution of 
> time because I use lots of GNU software. Perhaps I could make this 
> contribution here.

Well, one contribution we could use is a "getting started"
guide.  Are you interested in writing that sort of thing?
There is just a little more detail on this in one of the PSPP bug
I don't know whether this would be best as part of the PSPP
manual or as a separate document.

We could also use some quality proofreading of the existing PSPP
"There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you.
 And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you.
 I told them you were the best.  Now you damn well better be."
--Orson Scott Card, _Ender's Game_

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