Presented by: Janet Swisher and Anne Gentle
FLOSS Manuals is a community, tool provider, and website dedicated to creating free documentation for free software and related aspects of the free culture movement. The website removes barriers to contributing to documentation by combining a simple authoring interface with documentation-oriented content management and publishing tools. It supports both wide-open collaboration and editorial control by separating in-progress work in the "Write" area from published work in the "Read" area. The FLOSS Manuals community comprises over 1000 registered users who collectively have produced over 40 books, mostly in the last two years. The group has also developed and honed the "book sprint" process, in which a complete manual is written in a brief period of 2 to 5 days. Both the website and the community actively support translations, with no one language considered primary. Manuals can be remixed, combining chapters from different books to create a new book, and you can export to HTML or embed content on a website.
This presentation describes the features of FLOSS Manuals project that deliver these benefits, and discusses ways that free software projects can leverage them to create documentation.