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  <h1>How to Help</h1>

  <h2>XEmacs Website Development</h2>

  <p>
    This is documented in detail under <a href="<!-- _GP_
    relPath(qq{About/Website.html}) -->">About XEmacs->Website</a>.</p>

  <p>
    Since the website development model is fully in line with XEmacs
    development please read that chapter as well.</p>

  <h2>XEmacs Development</h2>

  <p>
    More detailed information is forthcoming, but in the short term,
    if you'd like to help with the XEmacs development effort, do the
    following:</p>

  <ol>
    <li>
      <p>
        <a href="../Download/index.html" shape="rect">Download</a> the
        latest beta release, or (better) go to <a href="<!-- _GP_
        relPath(qq{Develop/cvsaccess.html}) -->" shape="rect"><!--
        _GP_ relPath(qq{Develop/cvsaccess.html}) --></a> and follow
        the instructions to get an up-to-date CVS tree of the XEmacs
        source.</p>
    </li>
    <li>
      <p>
        <a href="../Install/index.html" shape="rect">Install</a>
        it.</p>
    </li>
    <li>
      <p>
        Join the <a href="../Lists/index.html#xemacs-beta"
        shape="rect">xemacs-beta</a> mailing list.</p>
    </li>
    <li>
      <p>
        Find bugs.</p>
    </li>
    <li>
      <p>
        Fix them.</p>
    </li>
    <li>

      <p>
        Submit patches to the <a
        href="../Lists/index.html#xemacs-patches"
        shape="rect">xemacs-patches</a> mailing list.</p>

      <p>
        The rules for creating and submitting patches are set forth in
        etc/BETA (look for <strong>Creating patches for submission</strong>
        in documentation accessed via M-x <strong>describe-beta</strong>)</p>

      <p>
        You may find the <a
        href="http://cvs.xemacs.org/viewcvs.cgi/XEmacs/xemacs-builds/cvs-mods">cvs-mods</a>
        perl script useful to create your patches.</p>

      <p>
        No matter whether you are just getting involved with creating
        patches or you generate huge amounts of them, <a
        href="http://cvs.xemacs.org/viewcvs.cgi/XEmacs/packages/xemacs-packages/xemacs-devel/patcher.el">patcher</a>
        is for you.  Please install the <a href="<!-- _GP_
        relPath(qq{Develop/packages.html#xemacs-devel})
        -->">xemacs-devel</a> package which it is part of.  See the
        patcher.el sources for usage instructions until it is properly
        documented in XEmacs info.</p>
</li>
  </ol>

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