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Invariant sections to disappear from the FDL?

Jerry Stratton, April 9, 2006

The more I think about them, the more I think that removable Invariant Sections--sections that are unrelated to content and that cannot be changed--are a good idea. The GNU Manifesto is one example; advertisements is another. Advertisements could be a great way for one publisher to finance a printed edition or even a web site edition. But downstream publishers should not be required to include those advertisements, nor should the presence of those advertisements lock off a discussion of the topic those advertisements cover.

It looks like the FSF is going to come out with a new version of the FDL soon; Eben Moglen didn’t specifically mention invariant sections, but I have hopes that this is one of the “issues” that will be addressed.

If the new version does successfully address this issue, I’ll likely be changing all of my tutorials over to the new version.

I talk about this more on the Biblyon Broadsheet, since Gods & Monsters also use the Free Documentation License.

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