Contributing

Contributing
  • Only RawTherapee developers or experienced users who have good communication with a developer will be given access to edit RawPedia.
  • If it's not revelatory, it's probably not worth writing. The longer a page rambles on, the fewer people will read it, or translate it.
  • Avoid unnecessarily frequent article edits. Use the "Show Preview" button while writing or translating, then save once it's finished.
  • RawPedia uses MediaWiki, which uses markup. Use markup. Do not use HTML/CSS unless absolutely necessary, i.e. to un-break things.
  • Regarding markup, accomplish what you want to achieve with the minimal code required to do so, i.e. don't include unnecessary elements.
  • Sooner or later RawPedia will be migrated to some new platform. If you use correct markup and keep good structure, the migration will go smoothly. If not, it won't go smoothly or at all.
  • Information structure is of prime importance. Use section levels and sub-levels to organize a page. Use lists where lists should be used. Pay special attention that list sub-items appear as children of the correct list item.
  • If things don't look perfect, don't try to fix them by sacrificing information structure or through use of hacks or whitespace. How things look depends on several factors: the MediaWiki theme, configuration and version. If you've used the right structure and markup but things don't look perfect, leave them alone. The problem is likely on the server side and it might fix itself in an update, or when we edit the CSS file, or when we use a different theme. Trying to fix presentation problems through clever markup or HTML only compounds the problem.
  • Keep one empty line above and below all headings and files, as this makes editing documentation easier. e.g.
Lorem ipsum.

==Foo Bar==

Dolor sit amet. Consectetur adipiscing elit.

[File:foo.png]

Duis vestibulum sodales est, eu placerat nulla vulputate a.
  • Write "RawTherapee" instead of "RT" or "Rawtherapee".
  • Only upload work that is either in the public domain, or licensed under CC-BY-SA. Specify the licence during upload in the "Licensing" drop-down, and in the "Summary" field specify the copyright holder and a source (link) to where said owner declared that the work is either in the public domain or licensed under CC-BY-SA.
  • Avoid JPEG uploads unless necessary. Prefer PNG. Icons or screenshots of GUI elements which don't include photos should use PNG. Valid use of JPEG is e.g. a photo, or a screenshot of the GUI which includes a photo, as this would compress poorly in PNG.
  • When uploading icons, use the original filename, and generate a PNG for a light background from SVG using:
 ./tools/generatePngIcons rtdata/images/svg/gamut-plus.svg
Use the PNG icon from the folder named "dark".
  • Screenshots should show the relevant part and skip the rest.
  • If showing a subtle effect, such as the impact of noise reduction or microcontrast, consider scaling the image up by 400%, otherwise only people who view the article on a large screen will see the effect, and those who print RawPedia, read it via PDF or view it on a device which does not allow scaling will not.
  • Don't use fancy characters such as „ ‟ « » in the English pages. Use plain quotation marks: "foo".
  • In most cases, elements in a list should be written using sentence case: first character capitalized, period at the end.
  • Avoid mentioning keyboard shortcuts on any page other than the dedicated Keyboard Shortcuts page. This avoids obsolete info floating in multiple places when shortcuts change.