Yes, that's the plan:
The problem is that I still haven't found a proper way to reorganize
everything in a properly topic-oriented way, so I haven't touched the
thing since 0.13.4 until this issue can be solved.
A big problem I had with the topic-oriented concept is that there are
topics in the manual that I definitely *want* to make sure show up at
the very top of the index so that the user reads them first. Currently,
the non-mallard manual walks you through learning gradually (if needed),
with introductory chapters and all that.
But yeah, if you'd like to 1) figure out how to map the current table of
contents into a new list of "topics" and how they interconnect to each
other 2) do the grunt work of converting the existing content,
...then I'd be able to resume updating/adding contents afterwards :)
Another thing I liked about the current hierarchical manual, though, is
that it *doesn't suck* at searching (yelp sucks. A lot. At least until
they do something like
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=630648 ). You can warp
through any part of the odt/pdf manual it since it's a monolithic block.