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Re: I wanna contribute to LDP

First of all, has anyone replied to this offer?

Andrew P Moise wrote:
>   An Algorithms-HOWTO, a quick sketch of hash tables, sorting, red-black
> trees, heaps, and the like, for people who have no formal training in
> computer science but want to move from shell scripts to real programming
> (including links to proper-length documentation on the stuff).

I believe this would be useful. We already have a Tips-HOWTO which
is a collection of miscellania, so an Algorithms-HOWTO should have
no problems in fitting in, and more importantly it does fill a
hole in the current set of HOWTOs.

>   man pages on file formats; sox and gd nonwithstanding, there's been
> many a time when I just wanted to know what the header fields in an .au
> file were and had to spend a couple minutes on the web/in the source to
> find it out, and a man page with structs included would have made my
> life more convenient.  Even the non-trivial formats like PNG or (ha!)
> MPEG could be explained in terms of record structure, with links to
> detailed explanations of the compression.  I can't pledge the lifetime
> of work it would take to document them all, but I think I could make a
> not-quite-miniscule dent.

This too I feel we need. I tried some time ago to ask this
collection author to join the LDP but got only spam back:
A collection/overview of data formats is useful but I don't
know if any freely distributable ones exist.

>   If neither of these seems useful to you, I'm at your disposal for any
> bitch work you have laying around (such as categories and metadata for
> the HOWTOs, which still seems to be open).  Whaddya say?

I am sure the first two would do nicely and I also suspect these
would require more or less continuous updates as new software
comes along.

   Stein Gjoen

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