As a result of a couple of recent questions I feel inspired to suggest several changes to the text in the LO help system.They would be one or two whole new pages to the LO Base plus small changes to existing pages to link the new pages in.
I would appreciate some advice here before I do so. I want to help and with the huge complexity of LO I do not feel up to software maintenance. I have done maintenence in a small way on end user documentation in the past and feel I could contribute in that way. There are a couple of pages in the qubes docs that I edited back in April 2018, for example – I’m @trueriver on github too
I want at least some mention of the new pages in the help system, as the current help both in LO 6.4 and the latest online help completely missed three options for data import from a .csv file. I recently discovered these new ways of doing this, and at the very least I would like a link from the help files to the answer on this forum.
I found this page suggesting I write my suggested additions in Writer and email them in. Tah is certainly straightforward enough. Is this up to date advice though?
Secondly, Am I right in assuming that the word “latest” in the url Importing and Exporting CSV Files is actually the help given for the latest LO release?
Third: How would I also ask for the new info to be backported to the help for earlier releases? Or are these now frozen>
Fourth: How are comments passed backwards and forwards between the docs team and the new documentation volunteer? By email? or will they induct me into a GIT repository or suchlike? Or something else?
Finally: does anyone here have any advice to give me to improve the chances of my suggestions being adopted? I have added docs to other software systems in the past, so I am not a total noob at this; so I am more looking for advice specific to LO help rather than generic help on writing help for software users.