[blfs-dev] Grammar, Spelling, and Formatting changes

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Sat Jan 24 18:44:06 PST 2015

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 08:26:36PM -0600, Randy McMurchy wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have spent the last half hour perusing the BLFS book and have discovered
> that there are numerous grammatical, spelling and formatting errors in the
> rendered book. I have some free time and I would like to clean up some of
> the issues. I am not trying to undermine anyone's work on the project,
> instead, I think I can add helpful additions.
> Though I am a mathematics major, I feel comfortable using standard US
> English and I feel that I can make changes that will make the book better.
> It may not be technically better, but it will be proofread and edited to
> provide a more readable product.
> Some of the issues are due to non-native English speakers/writers contributing
> to the book. This is not meant as a ploy to get anyone to discontinue working
> on the book or to discredit anyone's work. It is my way of contributing
> something that will make the book better. I have spent hundreds (thousands?)
> of hours working on BLFS since 2004 and would like to contribute again.
> Please reply if you have concerns with my intentions.

 Hi Randy,

 I hope you will not enforce Americanisms or American spelling if the
current text uses a valid British (or Australian, or New Zealand)
form.  I'm thinking of words rather than where commas go.

 But my main concern is that BLFS is changing so fast - fixing our
grammar and formatting will be a continuing struggle (just like the
ongoing struggle in kernel comments/documentation between those who
can spell and those who cannot), and is likely to impact people who
are making other changes - nothing wrong with that in itself, but it
would be nice to have an idea of where you will be looking.

Nanny Ogg usually went to bed early. After all, she was an old lady.
Sometimes she went to bed as early as 6 a.m.

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