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Re: Bug#78504: info: Impossible to scroll just a single line

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Bug#78504: info: Impossible to scroll just a single line
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 09:05:07 +0200 (IST)

On Sun, 10 Dec 2000, Josip Rodin wrote:

> BTW one other problem I noticed with cross-references: stuff like *Note Some
> long name that couldn't fit on the previous page:: doesn't work; the
> cross-references don't span lines so pressing enter on any of the words in
> the second line doesn't make anything happen.

Yes, this doesn't work in the stand-alone Info reader.  I will see if I 
can fix that.

> Admittedly info has more trouble than man in being simple, straightforward
> and intuitive, but from a user standpoint it appears nobody even tried to
> fix that :/

Sorry, this comment isn't helpful.  It hints that there are gobs of bugs 
and misfeatures in the Info reader, but you didn't say what they are.

The fact is that the Info reader gets *lots* of attention.  Just look at 
the ChangeLog in the Texinfo distribution, and you will see how many 
changes, improvements, and bugfixes went into it lately; the NEWS file 
should also give a clue.  Last, but not least, you, of all the people, 
should have a good idea about the high priority that Texinfo maintenance 
reserves for the Info reader from the typical reaction to bug reports you 
post here.

In my opinion, basic browsing with Info is quite intuitive: you use the 
normal cursor motion keys to navigate, you have SPC that goes through the 
entire manual in the natural order, and you have TAB and RET to follow 

There's always place for improvement, but the way to improve a program is 
to tell what's wrong instead of accusing maintainers of not even trying.

> I hear people bitching about info all the time.

Any details about that bitching would be appreciated.

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