Friday, February 19, 2010

Mallard Documentation


GCalctool now has a new help document in Mallard format. This is my second Mallard document I've written, the first was the help for Simple Scan.

Wow. Mallard is really, really easy to use!

Mallard documents are topic based which basically means writing a few paragraphs on each activity your readers can do with your application (like how to use trigonometric functions or an automatic document feeder). I wrote the topics over a week with a text editor and marked them up at the end.

Testing is great. Just run yelp with the directory the files are in to browse the documents immediately.

If you want to contribute, take the ten minute tour, pick your favourite GNOME application, ask if they've got documentation that needs updating and get writing!

(I recommend starting by copying an existing document; I used the gbrainy help as a basis for the Simple Scan and GCalctool help).
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