Working with the website source
Getting access to the web pages
To have access to these tools, just follow these instructions:
If you are a supporter of the FSFE you already have read access to Git, just log in with your usual Fellowship username and password.
Everyone else can join the FSFE as a volunteer to get access to our Git and other services. For this, you will need to be subscribed to the web mailing list. Send an introduction of yourself to the list and one of our coordinators will be in touch to help you setup an account. More information about volunteer accounts and the necessary procedures can be found on this dedicated wiki page.
To have write access to the Git repository just write to email@example.com
Working with Git
You should be familiar with Git, and you should have an account on git.fsfe.org. For documentation on how to use Git, you can check out TechDocs/Git. The workflow for working with fsfe-website is documented in TechDocs/Git/Workflow. Read it carefully. If you do not understand any of the steps, please ask a technically inclined person or the Web Team and ask them to improve the Wiki page afterwards, so that others will not run into the same problem again.
Enabling XML syntax check
In order to make sure that the XHTML and XML files you edit have a correct syntax and do not contain errors that may break the website, please install the pre-commit hooks we provide. This is a single command you have to execute from the root directory (i.e. first level) of the fsfe-website repository (or the fork you cloned):
ln -sr tools/githooks/* .git/hooks/
If you see an error that the hook files (pre-commit and pre-receive at the time of writing) already exist, please check whether they are the same as the ones in tools/githooks/. If not, please take care of merging them together.
Please note that you have to have the xmllint command available which is provided by installing the packages libxml2-utils (e.g. Debian) or libxml2 (e.g. Arch Linux, Fedora) on your computer.
If some file has a wrong syntax, it throws an error and you can fix the problem. This way you don't have to be afraid to break anything with your contributions.
The work on the website pages is coordinated on the Webmasters mailing list.
In the fsfe-website repository's web interface you can find an issue tracker and the commit log.
The web team's wiki page may contain some further information about the webmasters' workflow.
If you want to keep track with all commits that are done to the web page sources, you can also subscribe to the commit notification mailing list and you will get a mail for every change posted to the source tree.
Responsible handling of write access
If you have write access to the web pages, please subscribe to the Webmasters mailing list.
Please bear in mind that all your changes will become effective and visible automatically, without any further action of anybody. Consequently, there are a few things we would request you to do whenever you commit changes or new files:
- The FSFE is held responsible for the content of the web pages. Please do not commit modifications that change the meaning of the text without approval from a core team member of the FSFE. (This is not necessary for translations of already existing content.)
If you are posting translations, and there is any chance that others can proofread it, use that chance. You can use the Translators mailing list to ask for proofreading (more information about our translators). Whether you are translating files or proofreading them, you are encouraged to spell-check files using some automated tools, such as GNU aspell, ispell, or your favourite spell-checker.
Make sure that all files are proper XML. By default, the Git server will check the XML syntax of files with .xml and .xhtml extensions, and will forbid the commit if XML errors are found. To avoid this, you can check your files before committing them by installing xmllint on your computer (available in Debian GNU/Linux distributions via the libxml2-utils package). You can run xmllint --noout file.en.xhtml to check a file – if the output is empty the file's syntax is correct.
Make sure the encoding of the file is consistent with the content of the "encoding" attribute declared in the first line of the file. For example, if your file is encoded as "UTF-8" , the first line of the file should read <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>.
Please coordinate with other people who also have Git write access to make sure that translations and fixes contributed by people without commit access are committed properly after they have been proofread. Of course, please check these files before you push them like you check your own files.
If you don't have an account on git.fsfe.org and just want to have a copy of the websites' sources on your computer, or if you cannot use the SSH link for any reason, you can also clone via the HTTPS clone link:
git clone https://git.fsfe.org/FSFE/fsfe-website.git
But if you want to edit the website source we encourage you to use the SSH clone link starting with firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise you will have to type in your Fellowship account credentials every time you push a change.
The test branch
The Git repository has two main code bases for the FSFE website, the master, which is used to build the production instance of the website at fsfe.org, and the test branch, which is used to build test.fsfe.org.
To work on major changes to the website, including debugging new features that could potentially break the site, you are encouraged to check out the test branch of the Git repository:
git checkout test
Licensing your source code
- When writing scripts on behalf of FSFE, please put them under AGPLv3+ (That is AGPL 3.0 with the addition "or any later version")
When introducing scripts from 3rd parties, please make sure they are under a Free Software License listed on http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
- When you write scripts for FSFE (but are not employed by FSFE) we would prefer to have the script licensed under AGPLv3+, GPLv3+, LGPLv3+, Apache 2.0 or CC0, licensing the code under a Free Software License is mandatory for FSFE in order to deploy it.
Use custom licensed media
If you use images or other media which which has been licensed using a Creative Commons license or another license, you can make sure that the proper licensing information is displayed by adding these at the end of the document before </html>. Here are three examples:
<legal type="cc-license"> <license>https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/</license> <notice>This work is published under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 Unported license by John Doe</notice> </legal>
<legal> <license>http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.3.txt</license> <notice>This page is published under the GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 or later</notice> </legal>
<legal> <notice>This work is published under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license or the <a href="http://artlibre.org/">Licence Art Libre 1.3</a> at your option, etc.</notice> </legal>