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    Firefox user manual book project

    Sometime in the future we may be able to use the Firefox manual / book approach to produce a similar Thunderbird item.


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    Subject: Re: Mozilla Service Week
    Date: Fri, 01 May 2009 07:30:37 -0700

    On this one we could direct people to the work that is being done by the FLOSS Manuals Project.

    Some Background

    A community of volunteer designers, editors, writers and interested
    contributors have created a book about Firefox that could be used as
    tutorial and training guide.  With David Tenser's and the SUMO community
    work the group has also been able to leverage and repurpose SUMO content
    into more narative and book form and update the content to synch it up
    with Firefox 3.0

    You can see the current state of this project at<wbr/>firefox

    There are a few branding, licensing, attribution, and editorial things
    to finish cleaning up but then it will be ready to invite wider
    participation.  The goal of all that is to have a base of content where
    the branding is correct and the content can be freely remixed to help
    support a clarities of trainning and education goals.

    The big advantage in this system is that the content updating and
    publishing can happen within hours and days, instead of weeks and months
    making it much easier for on-line and printed books to stay in sync with
    the most recent release of the software.

    Its also easy to get involved and contribute using the FLOSS Manuals
    System.  If you create an account on the site you can start contribute
    to the project just like contributing to a wiki.

    Next Steps and Use of the Content at the FLOSS Manual Firefox Project


    The FLOSS Manual system allows individuals or groups to freely print
    copies of the content formated in book form.  You can also buy bound
    paperback books off<wbr/>paperback-book/firefox/6480979 with the
    proceeds going back into  improvements in the system and as a way to
    sponsor efforts to improve and expand the books produced by the
    project.  So anyone anywhere could just print off manuals to hand out at
    training workshops.

    Work is also off the ground to support localization of all the book
    content.   There are examples here<wbr/>firefox
    and here<wbr/>firefox  The FLOSS Manual group will
    be ramping up to support more languages soon.  We could organize
    translation sprints of the current content during Service Week.

    As we get closer to the release of Firefox 3.5 the content will also
    need updating to synch up with that release.

    It may be too much to try and focus and direct all, or most of, "the
    documentation and tutorial" parts for Service Week into this project but
    we ought to consider it.

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