[Python-Dev] Fwd: Re: Encouraging developers

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Thu Mar 8 02:23:42 CET 2007

>> Me, for example, has an actual question to this list: "How can I know,
>> if I change something in the doc's .tex files, that I'm not broking
>> the TeX document structure?".

>You don't have to know. As a general contributor, just submit your
>patch, and perhaps the reviewer will catch the error. As a submitter,
>just submit the code, and George Yoshida will catch it. It's not
>strictly necessary that the documentation actually builds all
>the time. If you want to be sure it builds, run "make html" in

We should try to keep the documentation buildable at all times so that it will remain visible to everyone at http://docs.python.org/dev/ .

The script in Tools/scripts/texcheck.py does a pretty good job of detecting the most common LaTeX markup errors.

For small doc changes, it is usually not too much of a challenge because you're either modifying existing text or are copying in existing markup from the surrounding text.


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