The Perl Foundation is among [the thirty open-source software organizations](https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/participants/) that Google has chosen to participate in 2021's Season of Docs program. Through this program, Google will fund [a comprehensive audit of Perl's core documentation collection](https://github.com/Perl/perl5/wiki/Google-Season-of-Docs-2021-project-proposals), a project proposed by Jason McIntosh earlier this year.
For this project a hired expert will perform a [gap analysis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_analysis) of the documentation's content and presentation. This work will compare the documentation's present state with Perl 7's goal to put a new focus on newcomers--while retaining the docs' role as a thorough reference for all programmers.
The auditing project's core deliverable will be a roadmap of actionable steps that the Perl project can take to bring its documentation closer to these ideals. This report will give Perl's developers a solid foundation for subsequent documentation projects, helping to shape Perl into a more approachable programming language.
To fill this role, TPF has hired [Khawar Latif Khan](https://www.linkedin.com/in/khawarlatifkhan/), a technical writer and communications specialist. Khawar's relevant experience includes performing [a content audit for ESLint's documentation](https://khawarlatif7.wixsite.com/khawarlatifkhan/gsod-eslint) as part of 2020's Google Season of Docs.
The project has the approval of the Perl Steering Council, and will be managed by a small team of volunteers, led by Jason McIntosh.
TPF plans to get the project underway in mid-May, and--sticking to [Google's required timeline](https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/timeline)--complete the work by the end of 2021. TPF will announce the publication of the project's final report, as well as any other public deliverables, as they become available.