GUADEC 2016 Notes

I’m back from GUADEC and wanted to share a few thoughts on the conference itself and the post-conference hackfest days.

All the talks including the opening and closing sessions and the GNOME Foundation AGM are available online. Big thanks goes to the organization team for making this possible.

20160814_152402The program offered one doc talk (Documentation: state of the union by Kat) and several unconference sessions; the sessions were something new compared to previous years.

In one of the sessions, Shaun gave a presentation on pintail, a site builder that lets you publish your documents from sources in Mallard, Ducktype, DocBook, AsciiDoc (the latter coming soon), and so on, using yelp-xsl, a package also used in GNOME Docs. We are hoping to see pintail deployed in the Fedora Documentation Project soon, to replace the aging Publican-based documentation website.

20160814_174655As for the lightning talk session, I was really impressed by Eleanor Blandford and her presentation skills, given the fact that she is only 10! Future GNOME hacker?

20160813_150040It was great to see GUADEC turning into a family-friendly conference. Several families attended and there was a children’s corner available right at the venue.

20160814_183824During the hackfest days, I mostly worked on squashing various documentation bugs and adding more Mallard test tokens into gnome-getting-started-docs.

Distributors: If your distro is shipping Firefox (and not Epiphany) as the default browser, please file a bug similar to #770013 so that we can add test tokens for your distro into the getting-started page on web browsing.

20160816_173740Jakub and I also quickly reviewed the current SVGs and remaining getting-started videos. Updates are coming in the next release! With Shaun, we had a look at pintail and its support for building the Fedora DocBook-based guides.

20160814_181907As this picture says, GUADEC 2016 was well-organized and successful, so yes, thank you again organizers!



So I’m here in Karlsruhe, Germany attending GUADEC 2016. Today was the second conference day with the GNOME Foundation AGM, which, as the tradition goes, included team reports. As for L10n & docs teams, the update from the GNOME Translation Project was given by Alexandre Franke and the docs update was given by yours truly.

20160813_172452If you are at GUADEC tomorrow, don’t miss Kat’s talk Documentation: state of the union with more detailed updates on what’s been happening in GNOME docs land over the past 12 months.

20160813_172544Starting Monday, we are having a GNOME docs sprint at the GUADEC BoF venue. Our primary goal is to work on GNOME Help updates for the upcoming stable release but come join us even if you are not a contributing writer yet. We will guide you through the writing process and gladly convert you into a successful GNOME writer!

badge-goingtoLast but not least, big thanks to the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring me!