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Re: Changes to Texinfo DTD

From: Nic Ferrier
Subject: Re: Changes to Texinfo DTD
Date: 24 Nov 2003 09:32:39 +0000

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

> BTW, do you know that HTML files generated from Texinfo files already
> have keys for navigation?  The <a> tag has an attribute "accesskey"
> which assigns keys to "u" (up), "n" (next), "p" (prev), "[1-5]" (menu).
> These keys can be pressed e.g. in Mozilla as M-u, M-n, M-p, M-[1-5]
> to navigate to the corresponding HTML node.
> There is another useful scheme for navigation in HTML by specifying
> a "link" tag in meta section, e.g. <link rel="next" href="next.html" />,
> but currently this is not generated in info HTML files.

Yes. I did know that.

But what you can't do is lookup a value in an index, do a secondary
lookup (",") or a search or a follow on search. You can't lookup a
menu item or travel through the document by node (I'm not sure the new
system will allow travel by node though).

In addition those keys, while being good standard HTML can probably
be improved on by using the key event model of the modern web browser
DOM (Document Object Model).

> > The XSLT solution isn't the end. To support regex searches some sort
> > of webapplication IS needed as well. But XSLT is exactly the best
> > choice for turning the Texinfo XML into something that would work with
> > a webapp.
> Some indexing programs like swish++ is needed here.  BTW, this was
> recently suggested to me, when I asked about searching a mail archive.
> I don't know what indexing programs can index info files.

I think it can probably be achieved by grep or awk initially.


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