User manual information

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We need to work now on an update of this Manual and have a specific version for Inkscape.

  • Queries about Manual can be added here or sent to <>

Translations of the manual

Getting the latest version

  svn co user_manual

How to Help

  • Adding new information to the manual: write your files in docbook or in plain text that we'll convert (please follow the User Manual Guidelines)
  • translating pages
  • contact a contributor or add your name in the list below and have a look at the User Manual Work in Progress
  • To view the current state in HTML, type "make fr" or "make en" (xsltproc is needed).
  • For pictures, you may use the "images/sshot_yourlanguage" directory or create it if necessary".
  • Don't translate anything yet, we are working on the French Version, which will then be translated into English, and that will become the basis for translation work. You will get a PO file for translating later.


Why is there only one xml file?
The single XML file has now been split into language-specific versions, please only edit these.
How can I produce HTML output from the XML file?
Type "make your_language" to have truncated html file (one file per sect1), or "make singleYour_language" to have all the manual in one html file.
Can I export to PDF?
Yes. Make a single HTML file as described above and run "make pdfYour_language". This depends on htmldoc. If anyone wants to work on a different XSL stylesheet that produce language specific XML file and use db2pdf, it is welcome.


  • Cedric Gemy - main contributor - cedric at
  • Elisa - contributor in French - elisa at
  • John - Author and French/British translation
  • Ernesto - Spanish translation - celise at
  • Antonio - Italian translation - antonio.angelo at
  • Bryce - English translation/editing - bryce at
  • Kevin - English translation/editing - at
  • Colin Marquardt - volunteer for a German translation from English, help with xml2po if needed. Especially interested in Embedded_Help.
  • vonHalenbach-de - volunteer for a translation of pygmees manual from English to German



  • add COPYING (GPL?)
  • use dblatex for conversion to PDF
  • get rid of inkscapeUTF.xml (the Makefile still uses that file!)
  • rename the files to e.g.
  • clean up Makefile (don't use inkscapeUTF.xml)
  • add Makefile target that uploads a manual snapshot to the Inkscape website