The original manuals look fantastic and I believe the work was funded heavily by the EU. The problem as I see it is the tenancy to obsolete quite fast.
To get things started I propose that the FTA create a development manual with a number of stages.
- Each project should have a controlling 'editor' that is responsible for releases.
- The initial development phase using a standards based 'markdown' language like txt2tags.
* Two parts to each course: - A Student Guide. - A separate Course Exercise Workbook. - Slideware ?
- Bi-annually the txt2tags are put together as 'html' published 'Beta' material that is accessible by those that sign on for such materials. Such Beta testers to review and log suggestions/errata etc..
* Perhaps a ticketing system like RT: Request Tracker could be used for this purpose. * Tickets to be tracked and updates made as necessary with acknowledgemets.
- Following the 'Beta' process the HTML manual is converted to an Open Document Format (ODF) or whatever is decided.
* Stages - Graphics to be standardised (specific volunteer help needed for this) - A method to convert the markdown or HTML to the ODF and Portable Document Format (PDF) formats.
I would really be interested if this is of interest to the membership ? What do you think ?