January 31, 2014

GNOME Documentation Hackfest Concludes in Norwich, UK

The GNOME Documentation Team met in Norwich, UK, this week for a five day hackfest. Held from January 26 to January 30, the event was hosted at the University of East Anglia’s School of Computer Science. The hackfest was very successful, and included fifteen attendees as well as five remote participants.

Docs Hackfest 2014. Picture by Frederic Peters

Docs Hackfest 2014. Picture by Frederic Peters

The team used the event as an opportunity to prepare GNOME’s user documentation for the upcoming 3.12 release. Other highlights of the hackfest included:

  • A new, easy and more visual appealing design for the help viewer Yelp.
  • A major update of the long awaited GNOME Administrator Guide.
  • An improved and updated organization of the documentation of the email client Evolution.
  • New features in Mallard, the markup language used for writing the GNOME documentation, and the related tools.

The event was made possible by the sponsorship of the GNOME Foundation. Many thanks to the University of East Anglia for providing such a great venue.

Attendees from the hackfest will, along with many other GNOME contributors, attend this year’s FOSDEM conference in Brussels this weekend. GNOME will have a stand at the event, and there will be a party on the Saturday night.