I have come to source people’s ideas for a ‘codesprint’ I have suggested
for next week’s THATCamp Paris. The potted description in French is here
but the general idea is to explain the basics of csl style language
then see how many styles we can turn out for French humanities and social
sciences. This takes up the initiative explained here
hosted here https://trello.com/board/csl-france/4e8f4ee92adc2a00009616d3which
never really took off.
I originally suggested this a long time ago and then started wondering
whether it was still a good idea when I saw the progress that had been made
on the visual style editor. In the end I decided to maintain the
codesprint, including actual code, because I reckon with the fairly
tech-literate public at the THATCamp it makes sense and it would be an
excellent opportunity to get more good French styles into the repository.
So far my plan is to assemble links to all the available documentation on
the page mentioned above with the necessary explanations in French, to
start the codesprint with a walk-through of adapting an existing style
(located using the visual editor tool), while explaining the structure of
csl-styles. I may well produce a very basic style with in-line comments in
French explaining what happens at each point.
So, this is where my questions come in :
- has anyone ever held a similar initiative - and have any useful hints
- What guidelines for good csl-practice would you want to teach a bunch
- finally, more specifically, when writing French styles, I got used to
including codes like for non-breaking spaces and è for è - in
good part because I got tired of people opening/saving styles on different
operating systems and breaking accented character encodings. I remember
that being discouraged at some point on this list. What are people’s
opinions on this?
I’d be very grateful for any advice you might have.
Thanks in advance,