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LDP Weekly News: 2002-01-22

Jan 23, 2002, 14:14 (0 Talkback[s])
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LDP Weekly News: 2002-01-22

   by David Merrill

Wiki-Style Editing

   Last week, I wrote that I hoped to have at least some Wiki-style text
   editing available for authors by this week. Luckily, things went
   pretty well and I am happy to report that Wiki editing is online and
   ready for authors who wish to help beta test it. The three-day weekend
   here in the United States, where we celebrated Martin Luther King Day,
   was a big help. :-)

   The online editing function resides in the LDP Database, our
   interactive website for document management. However, the WikiText
   itself is processed by a standalone utility, so you can use the easier
   text-based format even if you don't want to use the online editing.

   There are a couple of new features that have been added this week.
   Most notable are two "namespaces" to help make interdocument linking a
   piece of cake. If you want to link to another LDP document, you can
   use its "short name". For example, a link to the Distributions HOWTO,
   in WikiText, looks like this:

     [[ldp:Distributions-HOWTO]]

   The second namespace lets you make easy links into the Wikipedia. To
   make those links, use:

     [[wiki:Linux]]

   Eventually, I plan to start mirroring a small subset of the Wikipedia
   that deals directly with information relevant to Linux, to supplement
   and complete the information already available from the LDP. Those
   articles would give background information about basic concepts,
   rather than the HOWTO type of information we already publish.

   I still have some capabilities left to code that will make the whole
   experience nicer. One feature that is glaring in its absence is the
   ability to view, edit, and revert to prior versions of your document.
   That should get coded this week. Another feature I'm working on right
   now is the ability to edit very large documents without long delays,
   by chunking each section into its own page.

   I personally am using WikiText for my own documents, including the
   Linux FAQ which I just took maintainership of a few weeks ago. If
   you're an LDP author who has been struggling with DocBook, or if
   DocBook was a hurdle keeping you from writing for the LDP, you really
   should try the new online editing capability and/or the WikiText
   utility, txt2db.pl.

   There are undoubtedly still some bugs hiding in the code which only
   real-world use will uncover. If you should hit on one, please report
   it to me and I'll fix it ASAP.

New Documents

     * VPN PPP-SSH Mini-HOWTO
       http://linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/ppp-ssh/
       Version 1.0

Updated Documents

     * BTinternet PPPd mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/BTI-PPP/
       Version 0.28, Matt Wright, matt@consultmatt.co.uk
     * C++ Programming HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/C++Programming-HOWTO.html
       Version 41.0, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * CVS-RCS- HOW-TO document for Linux (Source Code Control System)
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/CVS-RCS-HOWTO.html
       Version 21.8, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * LILO, Linux Crash Rescue HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/LILO-crash-rescue-HOWTO.html
       Version 10.3, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * Linux IPv6 HOWTO
       http://linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Linux+IPv6-HOWTO/
       Version 0.17, Peter Bieringer
     * Linux NETMEETING HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/NetMeeting-HOWTO/
       Version 1.2, Brent Baccala, baccala@freesoft.org
     * Linux Touch Screen HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/XFree86-Touch-Screen-HOWTO.html
       Version 2.1, Christoph Baumann, cgb@debian.org
     * Linux+Win9x+Grub HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Linux+Win9x+Grub-HOWTO/
       Version 1.0, Joel Rosen
     * The Linux Gamers HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Linux-Gamers-HOWTO/
       Version 0.9.7, Peter Jay Salzman, p@dirac.org

Unmaintained Documents

   These documents have been abandoned by their maintainers and many of
   them have not been updated in some time. If you're willing to become
   the maintainer for one of them, please join the LDP discussion list at
   lists.linuxdoc.org/ and post a message indicating your interest.

     * Battery Powered Linux Mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Battery-Powered.html
       Version
     * Brief Introduction to Alpha Systems and Processors
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Alpha-HOWTO.html
       Version 0.11
     * Enterprise Java for Linux HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Enterprise-Java-for-Linux-HOWTO.html
       Version 0.2
     * HOW-TO for inHouse IntraNet
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Netscape+Proxy.html
       Version
     * Installing Linux on ZIP disk using ppa ZIP Drive Mini-Howto
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Install-From-ZIP.html
       Version 0.7
     * LINUX PLIP MINI-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/PLIP.html
       Version 2.1
     * Linux Benchmarking HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Benchmarking-HOWTO.html
       Version 0.12
     * Linux Swap Space Mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Swap-Space.html
       Version 1.42
     * Linux Threads Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/FAQ/Threads-FAQ/
       Version
     * Linux simple fax printer server mini-HOWTO (faxsrv-mini-HOWTO)
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Fax-Server.html
       Version 1.0
     * NFS-Root Mini-Howto
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/NFS-Root.html
       Version 8
     * News Leafsite mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/News-Leafsite.html
       Version 0.4
     * SoundBlaster AWE 32/64 HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Soundblaster-AWE.html
       Version 1.2
     * Spanish Linux HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Spanish-HOWTO.html
       Version 0.1
     * The Ftape FAQ
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/FAQ/Ftape-FAQ.html
       Version 0.2
     * The Hebrew HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Hebrew-HOWTO.html
       Version 0.4
     * The LBX Mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/LBX.html
       Version 1.04
     * The Linux ""Linux-DOS-Win95-OS2"" mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+DOS+Win95+OS2.html
       Version 1.3.1
     * The Linux 3Dfx HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/3Dfx-HOWTO.html
       Version 1.16
     * The Linux Busmouse HOWTO
       http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/unmaintained/Busmouse-
       HOWTO/
       Version 2.0
     * The Linux Intranet Server HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Intranet-Server-HOWTO.html
       Version 2.12
     * The dosemu HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/DOSEMU-HOWTO.html
       Version
     * Token-Ring mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Token-Ring.html
       Version 4.1
     * UMSDOS HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/UMSDOS-HOWTO.html
       Version 1.2
     * Visible bell mini-Howto
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Visual-Bell.html
       Version 2.3
     * X11-big-cursor MINIHOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/X-Big-Cursor.html
       Version 2
     * mini-HOWTO install qmail with MH
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Qmail+MH.html
       Version 1.4

About the LDP

   The Linux Documentation Project is developing free, high quality
   documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system. This includes the
   creation of HOWTOs and Guides, and collaboration with other
   documentation groups.

   If you've always wanted to help Linux reach Total World
   Domination(tm), but you're not a programmer, there's still something
   you can do. Help the LDP!

   The LDP keeps a page of resources for authors at
   http://www.linuxdoc.org/authors/. Contributions are always welcome.

   For more LDP Weekly News, go to http://www.linuxdoc.org/ldpwn/

-- 
David C. Merrill                         http://www.lupercalia.net
Linux Documentation Project                   david@lupercalia.net
Collection Editor & Coordinator            http://www.linuxdoc.org

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