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Re: Bug reports for texinfo (and 2 wishes)

From: Torsten Bronger
Subject: Re: Bug reports for texinfo (and 2 wishes)
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 12:00:27 +0100
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Norbert Preining <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Karl!
> On Son, 29 Jan 2006, Karl Berry wrote:
>>     214729   makeinfo --html should generate valid HTML
>>     --------------------------------------------------
>>     makeinfo --html currently generates HTML without a DOCTYPE line.
>>     It should generate valid HTML.
>> I do not agree this is a bug.  I've never seen doctype lines do
>> anything but cause trouble (not in recent browsers, but in old
>> ones).  makeinfo's HTML output is extremely vanilla and should
>> work fine everywhere.
> I guess the problem with the output is that it is not clear which
> version of HTML the document is using. I have checked the
> texinfo.html file with the validator and it is neither HTML 2.0
> nor HTML 3.2.  WIth HTML 4.01 Transitional for texinfo.html I get
> only 4 errors.  (http://validator.w3.org/)

I suggest to assume that makeinfo produces "HTML 4.01 Transitional",
and that errors that validator.w3.org reports are the result of bugs
in makeinfo.  It's probably easy to fix even for me as a layman in C
but I can't look into it this week.

I also suggest to add a doctype declaration.  It's neither a big
advantage nor a problem nowadays but everything is correct then.

All of these things are entirely fixes for a clear conscience only.

>> I am not opposed to makeinfo acquiring more output formats, like
>> "HTML4" and "XHTML, for those who care about such things, but
>> it's not something I plan to work on in the foreseeable future.
> So makeinfo --html already produces HTML4 (definitely not html2 or
> html3, there are so many failures that I can't believe it.

Four are many?  Or what do you mean?


Torsten Bronger, aquisgrana, europa vetus            ICQ 264-296-646

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