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GNOME

After recieving lots of comments about the GDP Handbook I'm completely reordering, adding and deleting sections. I'd say that the best comments were from Sasha and am very appreciative of his editing skills. So there is going to be one section about building the docs and one section about the help system and one section about DocBook basics. Between this and finding a job all my time is occupied.

Life

Oh, I'm also looking for a job in Houston, TX. If anyone might know of something for someone with little work experience in computers. Lots of GNOME and Linux experience, but employers don't jump at that. I guess if worse comes to worse I'll go back being a machinist, but I don't relish that thought.

GNOME 2

So, I finished my rewrite of the GNOME Handbook of Writing Software Documentation and I forgot a section. Probably the most important addition for GNOME 2 from the docs people is Scrollkeeper and there's nothing about it in the Handbook. Well, there needs to be a second draft. Hope I didn't forget anything else. Anyways, it's a real pleasure to work on this piece of writing from docs icons Dave Mason, Dan Mueth, and Alexander Kirillov.

I've been really busy writing these docs lately. Beginning of this week I did bug buddy and now a 6 hour marathon to finish the Handbook. Something must be wrong. Or maybe just most of my leads to a job have dried up and I wanted to forget about it. Yes, escapism fits much better. Much better.

Hope this is bold.

What's the difference?

Not a lot says I.

That's enough. Enough fooling around I say!

Okay. Down to the business of writing a diary entry.

My Adventures into XSL

I had written a customization layer for Norm's stylesheets and today I broke it up into pieces. Trying to find the best way to break it up is not too easy. Depends how much stuff is going to be customized is the determination for now. I found out how to turn off the formalized procedure using the formal.procedure, but am stumped as to how to customize it into the role attribute.

<xsl:template match="procedure">
  <xsl:if test="@role='informal'">
    <xsl:param name="formal.procedure">0</xsl:param>
  </xsl:if>
<insert rest of procedure template>
</xsl:template>
The above doesn't work well. Need to ask DV or LotR about it tomorrow. Just looked at bugzilla and will prolly try to fix jfleck's bugs wrt the procedure tag. I haven't heard back from the gnome-doc-list about the stylesheet modularization proposal.

Need to write something for Gnumeric's documentation since I do have a deadline of Dec. 1

Life

This week is homecoming at OSU and boy am I excited. Pep rally Friday night to play at, 2 mile parade to march in, marching band practice right afterwards with hundreds of HS kiddies around, and don't forget the football game we're going to lose. No, win...we have the same conference record as KState (0-4) so there might be hope. Oh, Nebraska will trounces OU too. Cannot think of anything else to ramble about. Bye all you who actually read this.

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