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Helping with the documentation

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Helping with the documentation
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 23:20:33 -0700

Hi all,

I'm getting a bit overwhelmed working on the documentation, so I'm asking for help. I've posted a list of tasks to the -devel mailist. Some of them require very little previous knowledge of LilyPond, and are actually a great way to learn. You can read them here:

Apart from those tasks, I have on more request: please don't forward an email from -user to -devel or the bug mailist with the message "you should improve the docs in this area". If you think an email contains important information or clarification of the documentation, please take the time to propose *exact* changes to the documentation. If you are personally involved in the discussion, then you probably know more about this area than I do. This is certainly true if the issue involves anything that is covered in Chapter 7 Instrument-specific notation.

Finally, some background about me: I'm just a normal user. In August 2004, I volunteered to become Documentation Editor, because I speak English as a first language and have some time to contribute. I didn't program LilyPond, nor do I have any special training in music publication. I play cello and viola at a high level (as a university undergraduate performer); my knowledge about printed music comes from reading music. I have seen a lot of string music, and some orchestral scores, but I have very little knowledge of vocal music, piano, guitar, and the like. If you play any of those instruments -- anything which is in Chapter 7 -- then I practically guarantee that you know more about using LilyPond to create music for those instruments.

For information about proposing changes to the docs, see

- Graham

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