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<book lang='en'>
  <bookinfo>
    <title>FreeBSD Documentation Project Primer for New
      Contributors</title>

    <corpauthor>The FreeBSD Documentation Project</corpauthor>

    <copyright>
      <year>1998</year>
      <year>1999</year>
      <year>2000</year>
      <year>2001</year>
      <year>2002</year>
      <year>2003</year>
      <year>2004</year>
      <year>2005</year>
      <year>2006</year>
      <year>2007</year>
      <year>2008</year>
      <year>2009</year>
      <year>2010</year>
      <year>2011</year>
      <year>2012</year>
      <year>2013</year>
      <holder role="mailto:doceng@FreeBSD.org">DocEng</holder>
    </copyright>

    <pubdate role="rcs">$FreeBSD$</pubdate>

    <releaseinfo>$FreeBSD$</releaseinfo>

    &legalnotice;

    <abstract>
      <para>Thank you for becoming a part of the FreeBSD Documentation
	Project.  Your contribution is extremely valuable.</para>

      <para>This primer covers details needed
	to start contributing to the FreeBSD Documentation
	Project, from the tools and software (both
	mandatory and recommended) to the philosophy behind the
	Documentation Project.</para>

      <para>This document is a work in progress.  Corrections and
	additions are welcomed.</para>
    </abstract>
  </bookinfo>

  <preface id="preface">
    <title>Preface</title>

    <sect1 id="preface-prompts">
      <title>Shell Prompts</title>

      <para>The following table shows the default system prompt and
	superuser prompt.  The examples will use this prompt to
	indicate which user you should be running the example
	as.</para>

      <informaltable frame="none" pgwide="1">
	<tgroup cols="2">
	  <thead>
	    <row>
	      <entry>User</entry>
	      <entry>Prompt</entry>
	    </row>
	  </thead>

	  <tbody>
	    <row>
	      <entry>Normal user</entry>
	      <entry>&prompt.user;</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry><username>root</username></entry>
	      <entry>&prompt.root;</entry>
	    </row>
	  </tbody>
	</tgroup>
      </informaltable>
    </sect1>

    <sect1 id="preface-conventions">
      <title>Typographic Conventions</title>

      <para>The following table describes the typographic conventions
	used in this book.</para>

      <informaltable frame="none" pgwide="1">
	<tgroup cols="2">
	  <thead>
	    <row>
	      <entry>Meaning</entry>
	      <entry>Examples</entry>
	    </row>
	  </thead>

	  <tbody>
	    <row>
	      <entry>The names of commands.</entry>
	      <entry>Use <command>ls -l</command> to list all
		files.</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>The names of files.</entry>
	      <entry>Edit <filename>.login</filename>.</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>On screen computer output.</entry>
	      <entry><screen>You have mail.</screen></entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>What you type, when contrasted with on-screen
		computer output.</entry>

	      <entry><screen>&prompt.user; <userinput>su</userinput>
Password:</screen></entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>Manual page references.</entry>
	      <entry>Use &man.su.1; to change user names.</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>User and group names</entry>
	      <entry>Only <username>root</username> can do
		this.</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>Emphasis</entry>
	      <entry>You <emphasis>must</emphasis> do this.</entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>Command line variables; replace with the real
		name or variable.</entry>
	      <entry>To delete a file, type <command>rm
		  <filename><replaceable>filename</replaceable></filename></command></entry>
	    </row>

	    <row>
	      <entry>Environment variables</entry>
	      <entry><envar>$HOME</envar> is your home
		directory.</entry>
	    </row>
	  </tbody>
	</tgroup>
      </informaltable>
    </sect1>

    <sect1 id="preface-notes">
      <title>Notes, Tips, Important Information, Warnings, and
	Examples</title>

      <para>Within the text appear notes, warnings, and
	examples.</para>

      <note>
	<para>Notes are represented like this, and contain information
	  that you should take note of, as it may affect what you
	  do.</para>
      </note>

      <tip>
	<para>Tips are represented like this, and contain information
	  that you might find useful, or lead to an easier way to do
	  something.</para>
      </tip>

      <important>
	<para>Important information is represented like this.
	  Typically they flag extra steps you may need to carry
	  out.</para>
      </important>

      <warning>
	<para>Warnings are represented like this, and contain
	  information warning you about possible damage if you do not
	  follow the instructions.  This damage may be physical, to
	  your hardware or to you, or it may be non-physical, such as
	  the inadvertent deletion of important files.</para>
      </warning>

      <example>
	<title>A Sample Example</title>

	<para>Examples are represented like this, and typically
	  contain examples you should walk through, or show you what
	  the results of a particular action should be.</para>
      </example>
    </sect1>

    <sect1 id="preface-acknowledgements">
      <title>Acknowledgments</title>

      <para>My thanks to Sue Blake, Patrick Durusau, Jon Hamilton,
	Peter Flynn, and Christopher Maden, who took the time to read
	early drafts of this document and offer many valuable comments
	and criticisms.</para>
    </sect1>
  </preface>

  &chap.overview;
  &chap.tools;
  &chap.xml-primer;
  &chap.xml-markup;
  &chap.stylesheets;
  &chap.structure;
  &chap.doc-build;
  &chap.the-website;
  &chap.translations;
  &chap.writing-style;
  &chap.psgml-mode;
  &chap.see-also;

  &app.examples;

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  &index;
-->
</book>