Ways You Can Help the PPR Project
Last revised 14 October 2003.
Over the years, PPR has become a large package. The result is that I am
unable to make all the improvements I would like. Of course, it would be
ideal if people were able to make major contributions to the code itself, but
their are other smaller things that people could do which would help nearly as
That is why I have started this list. It attempts to list small to medium
project that people could do and contribute to the project. As you will see,
some of them require no programing skill to speak of.
If you would like to have a crack at any of these, please write to me at
David.Chappell@trincoll.edu to make
sure someone else isn't working on it already.
- Find a way to convert the Perl .pod versions of the PPR man pages to Docbook.
- If you get the answer to a question, perhaps from the PPR mailing list,
assemble them into a well-formed question and answer and contribute them to
the PPR FAQ.
- Write a brief howto for something that isn't well explained in the PPR
documentation. With your permission, such a howto segment could be posted
on the PPR website or incorporated into future official documenation.
- Produce po (message translation) files for your language. So far the only
one we have is French.
- Work on the po files for Russian. (I write Russian too slowly and too
poorly to get this finished. If someone helps, all languages will benefit
since I will be able to see what works and what doesn't in a translated
version. (If you intend to do this, drop me a note so that we don't
Small Programming Tasks
- Create additional input file filter scripts to convert additional input file types
to PostScript. (Generally these scripts are very short and use commonly
available programs such as NetPBM, Acroread, and Troff to produce PostScript.)
- Figure out if and how the PPR WWW interface scripts must be changed to work with
- Modify the PPR web server to cache compiled scripts as mod_perl does.
- Produce a Perl script to correct the defective PostScript output of your favorite
(or least favorite) application.
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