Beginning with the first Alpha, all release notes are written in HTML. This follows a similar approach to the one we took for the Firebird 1.5.2 release notes. The output is slightly less pretty than what we achieved previously using Microsoft Word. However, its modularity makes task-sharing, document growth, updating and translating simpler to do and easier to coordinate.
One thing that will now be possible with our departure from using a binary format for our "source" is to use CVS. However, that is yet to be set up. In the meantime, we will store the release notes HTML English sources as zipfiles in the prerelease area, which is currently also the "holding area" for unreleased release note versions. As the international source packages come through to me for building into PDF, they will be posted there as well.
- For cases where teams, rather than individuals, are working on a particular language version, I will be happy to make your work-in-progress available there for downloading
- I will continue to be the central "point" for building the PDF documents so, as you complete your language translation, zip up your files and email them to me. (I think you all know my email address...)
- When translating, please keep the names of the files and <title> content of each file intact. Section titles, menus, etc. can all be translated. The document date displayed beneath the Firebird logo on the first page should be translated but not changed.
- When the notes are to move on to a new version -- which will occur several times throughout the alpha and beta -- I will do my best to provide diff files.