Chr. Clemens Lee sent in version 1.0 of the Debian Binary Package Building mini-HOWTO. The document explains how to build a minimal Debian (.deb) package for use on your systems.
A long discussion ensued following a feedback mail from Laurent Bedubourg stating that the PHP HOWTO by Alavoor Vasudevan was highly opinionated. David Lawyer said that his (Al Devs) HOWTOs lacked depth and technical correctness and was of the strong opinion that they should be removed from the collection. People said that Al Dev did not respond when they tried to contact him, though he did respond in a private mail from Tabatha about the ongoing discussion. John Levon posted details as to why the RCS/CVS HOWTO, C/C++ beautifier HOWTO and the Kernel HOWTO should be removed from the collection. Machtelt Garrels posted a summary.
As a byproduct of the chain on review and removal of HOWTOs lacking Depth, several people suggested that there should be a document rating system. Lampadas was to solve all the problems, but since it is not ready yet, people suggested Bugzilla, A pre-set document lifetime, using wiki, and many other suggestions.
Stein Gjoen sent in an update to his LDP HOWTO Generator which he announced in August. The generator has now been tested with actual input, works with Netscape as well as IE, the resultant SGML is validated using sgmlcheck and it converts nicely into HTML.
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