Elements of Style and the documentation-guide

Mark Johnson mjohnson at redhat.com
Wed Jun 23 20:18:53 UTC 2004

DaveP wrote:
> At 18:31 23/06/2004, Paul W. Frields wrote:
>> After spending the last several days doing markup on a syntactically and
>> grammatically, er, "challenged" tutorial, I found myself in need of the
>> solace of Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style," if only to remind
>> myself that good writing does indeed exist outside my imagination. I
>> noticed during my Web search that EoS was released some years ago into
>> the public domain, and can be found in a variety of formats, although
>> DocBook XML was not one of these as far as I can tell.
>> I realize that "public domain" != "FDL," and therefore am wondering if
>> anyone out there has sufficient expertise to address the extent to which
>> EoS might be included in the documentation-guide.
> Great idea. How about asking in the commons arena,
> or the fdl licence group to find out just how
> to interpret that licence?

You can also try <debian-legal at lists.debian.org>. I know there was a 
huge thread on debian-devel (I think) not too long ago about some 
non-freeness aspects of the FDL. In fact, IIRC, a new FDL is due any day 
now that's meant to address some of these concerns. I believe it was 
"due" June 1st.


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