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Linux Documentation Project Weekly News: 2002-02-05

Feb 07, 2002, 16:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Merrill)
LDP Weekly News
2002-02-05

   by David Merrill

Documents Available in Plucker Format

   The Linux Documentation Project has just added support for another
   documentation format: the "Plucker" format. Plucker is a GPL-licensed
   offline HTML viewer for users of Palm-based PDAs (such as the Palm and
   Handspring Visor series).

   Plucker supports compression, hypertext links, clickable images,
   italics, bold, varying-sized fonts, multiple databases, and
   configurable display parameters and stylus options. Plucker also
   includes programs to compress HTML documents into the Plucker format,
   essentially a compressed form of HTML. This kind of compression is
   necessary on PDAs, which have limited amounts of memory. More
   information, and the Plucker software, is available at
   http://plkr.org.

   Users of these PDAs can now download various LDP documents from the
   web, push their base's "synchronize" button, and suddenly have those
   LDP documents available on their PDAs wherever they are. This saves
   users from having to install and use Plucker's compression programs
   (including figuring out what options work best for the LDP). Opening a
   document on the PDA shows that document's summary and a hypertext
   table of contents; users can use the stylus to go immediately to the
   section they need, or read the whole document if they wish. Once the
   documents are in one PDA, users can also exchange them with other PDAs
   by "beaming" them (using infrared connections).

   Supporting plucker will hopefully encourage the use of GNU/Linux and
   free software/open source software (FS/OSS), since by making it easier
   to put LDP documents in PDAs, the documents should become more
   widespread. Hopefully making "plucker" format available will also
   discourage the use of proprietary formats for FS/OSS related
   documentation, which has already happened in a few cases.
   
   Thanks go to David A. Wheeler dwheeler@dwheeler.com for helping us out
   with testing, and to our HOWTO Coordinator, Greg Ferguson, for doing
   the implementation.

New Documents

     * How to Develop Accessible Linux Applications
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Accessibility-Dev-HOWTO/
       Version 1.0, Sharon D. Snider
     * Linux Crash HOWTO
       http://linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Linux-Crash-HOWTO/
       Version 1.0, Norman Patten, nepatten@us.ibm.com

Updated Documents

     * C++ Programming HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/C++Programming-HOWTO.html
       Version 41.2, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * C-C++ Beautifier HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/C-C++Beautifier-HOWTO.html
       Version 15.4, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * LDP Reviewer HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/LDP-Reviewer-HOWTO/
       Version 1.0.1, David Merrill, david@lupercalia.net, Joy Yokley,
       jyokley@us.ibm.com
     * Linux IPv6 HOWTO
       http://linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Linux+IPv6-HOWTO/
       Version 0.20, Peter Bieringer
     * Nvidia OpenGL Configuration mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Nvidia-OpenGL-Configuration/ind
       ex.html
       Version 1.10, Robert B. Easter, reaster@comptechnews.com
     * PA-RISC/Linux Boot HOWTO
       http://linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/PA-RISC-Linux-Boot-HOWTO/
       Version 0.9, Deb Richardson, deb@thepuffingroup.com, Thomas
       Marteau, marteaut@esiee.fr
     * PHP HOW-TO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/PHP-HOWTO.html
       Version 26.0, Al Dev, alavoor@yahoo.com
     * Software Release Practice HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Software-Release-Practice-HOWTO/
       Version 3.4, Eric S. Raymond, esr@thyrsus.com
     * The Linux Kernel HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Kernel-HOWTO.html
       Version 3.4, Brian Ward, bri@cs.uchicago.edu
     * The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Unix-and-Internet-Fundamentals-HOWTO
       /
       Version 2.5, Don, don@sabotage.org, Eric S. Raymond,
       esr@thyrsus.com
     * Token-Ring mini-HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Token-Ring.html
       Version 5.00, Mike Phillips, mikep@linuxtr.net, Tom Gall,
       tom_gall@vnet.ibm.com
     * XFree86 Video Timings HOWTO
       http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/XFree86-Video-Timings-HOWTO/index.ht
       ml
       Version 6.2, Eric S. Raymond, esr@thyrsus.com

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
     * 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

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