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Tasks to do for www.gnu.org
Here are many possible tasks for improving the GNU web pages. If you would like to help with one of them, please e-mail <email@example.com> BEFORE you do any work on them.
Investigate how www.gnu.org could provide better accessibility to all regardless of disability.
- A good place to start is the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Other resources on and off the web could also be checked.
- People at or near MIT could check with MIT's Adaptive Technology for Information and Computing in person.
- People who have access to similar centers at other schools, organizations, and companies could check with them.
- Disabled users of the web could also be interviewed, and perhaps even added to the webmasters team for this task and others.
- Set up manual indexing using the system proposed by Miloslav Nic. See the email exchange for more details on what is to be done.
- in directory /fun/ include
- cgi-bin scripts that
- conduct a dialog with GNU Emacs's doctor.el and convert it into HTML.
- get a zippyism from GNU Emacs's yow.el and convert it into HTML.
- feed zippyisms to GNU Emacs's doctor and convert it into HTML.
Roland McGrath has done some of this on his home pages. Ask him if you can copy his work over to http://www.gnu.org.
- cgi-bin scripts that
- We are looking for people to volunteer to convert documentation from various formats to the Texinfo format. This is something we need occasionally. We would like to have a list of people we could ask on these occasions. If you want to volunteer, please send mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- Rewrite the various philosophy pages and bulletins in Texinfo and convert to HTML using texi2html. They could then be easily included in:
Writing Web Pages
- Write web pages for GNU programs that lacks web pages on our server or whose web pages are obsolete using our software boilerplate as a template. Also read our software page standards.
- Work on improving our sitemap.
- Design a better sitemap that helps people find all places on the website easily. The sitemap should highlight particularly important parts of sub-pages. (For example, the philosophy listing on the site map should have under it links to some particularly useful essays on the philosophy page).
- Come up with several different ways of presenting the sitemap, that consider
both the differences in
- how people perceive web pages, and
- how people use the site.
- Also, the idea of creating a programatically generated sitemap has been proposed; this would primarily be a tool to aid in writing by hand a more easily navigated sitemap.
- Remove JPEG artifacts from all PNG pictures. You do this by removing "loose" pixels and turning them into 1bpp (in case of black/white drawings).
- Create new graphics for our web pages. We mostly want to have nicer drawings like the ones we already have and perhaps in more colors.
Validation and Broken Links
- Check all the web pages for well formedness, consistency with our HTML style sheet, and webmaster guidelines. All web pages need to be valid to their specific DTD, (the W3C Validator is a good place to start).
- Help is needed repairing broken links. There are numerous symlinks, so please do not break these in your repair efforts. Time and care is needed to track down broken links, and in most cases find suitable replacements. Please ensure that our linking policy is followed in finding replacements.