What we can Learn From and Within the Open Documentation World: Take a Peek into the GNOME Docs!


Radina Matic
Shaun McCance


March 9, 2016 - 2:00 PM


March 9, 2016 - 3:00 PM

This webinar will present the value of the free and open-source platforms as a resource for technical communication students, trainees and trainers. As an example, we will give an overview of the documentation for the GNOME desktop environment used on Linux platforms.

You will hear the inside story about how GNOME documentation team creates both user and developer help, and what is involved in review, release, bug tracking and change management (DocBook to Mallard) processes. We’ll also talk about team management and collaboration with design, usability and localization teams, and their respective workflows.

In the similar manner as for computer science and programming students, open-source projects present a real-world practice playground for novice tech writers, and can be an excellent teaching resource for anybody who is involved in techcomm education and training.



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