[Python-Dev] What's New editing

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 03:06:41 CEST 2015

On 6 July 2015 at 03:52, R. David Murray <rdmurray at bitdance.com> wrote:
> Just so people aren't caught unawares, it is very unlikely that I will have
> time to be the final editor on "What's New for 3.5" they way I was for 3.3 and
> 3.4.

And thank you again for your work on those!

> I've tried to encourage people to keep What's New up to date, but
> *someone* should make a final editing pass.  Ideally they'd do at least the
> research Serhiy did last year on checking that there's a mention for all of the
> versionadded and versionchanged 3.5's in the docs.  Even better would be to
> review the NEWS and/or commit history...but *that* is a really big job these
> days....

What would your rough estimate of the scope of work be? As you note,
the amount of effort involved in doing a thorough job of that has
expanded beyond what can reasonably be expected of volunteer
contributors, so I'm wondering if it might make sense for the PSF to
start offering a contract technical writing gig to finalise the What's
New documentation for each new release.

After all, the What's New doc is an essential component of
communicating changes in recommended development practices to Python
educators, so ensuring we do a good job with that can have a big
multiplier effect on all the other work that goes into creating each
new release.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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