Linux Documentation Project - Author Guide

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1.2. About the LDP


The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is working on developing free, high−quality documentation for the GNU/Linux operating system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in all of the issues of Linux documentation. This includes the creation of \'HOWTOs\' and \'Guides\'. We hope to establish a system of documentation for Linux that will be easy to use and search. This includes the integration of the manual pages, info docs, HOWTOs, and other documents.

−−LDP Manifesto located at http://www.tldp.org/manifesto.html

The human readable version goes more like this: The LDP consists of a large group of volunteers that are working on documentation for the Linux OS. The most visible documentation are the HOWTOs located at http://www.tldp.org/\'. This Guide focuses primarily on how to write your own HOWTOs for submission to the LDP.

2.1. The LDP

The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) was started to provide new users a way of quickly getting information about a particular subject. It not only contains a series of books on administration, networking, and programming, but also has a large number of smaller works on individual subjects, written by those who have used it. If you want to find out about printing, you get the Printing HOWTO. If you want to do find out if your Ethernet card works with Linux, grab the Ethernet HOWTO, and so on. At first, many of these works were in text or HTML. As time went on, there had to be a better way of managing these documents. One that would let you read it from a web page, a text file on a CD−ROM, or even your hand−held PDA. The answer, as it turns out, is DocBook.