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Re: A new online publishing tool for Texinfo documents.

From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: A new online publishing tool for Texinfo documents.
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 11:37:55 -0700
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Robert J. Chassell wrote:

[completely missing the point]

Nic said, "It's an additional format to solve the specific problem of reading
documentation that you don't happen to have on your local machine."

First of all, I question whether an additional format is required, since that
will demand that Emacs and other Info readers be modified to support the new

Second, everyone seems to agree that Info's search and navigation facilities
are superior to HTML; so shouldn't we take advantage of that?

Third, Info files can be rendered very quickly (especially compared to HTML)
because they have already been pre-processed from the Texinfo source, but
the download time for Info is no worse than HTML because it's not much bigger
than the source.  So use a network transport that's likely to be supported
by a remote server like ftp or http, and be happy you've got access to remote
documentation at all.  Searching an entire document, whether it's in Info
format or HTML and whether it's a monolithic entity or split into pieces
still requires that the data be downloaded.  So download Info files as
needed, and cache them in the /tmp filesystem.

BTW, I just did `g (/@foo:/usr/local/info/gcc)Invoking GCC' and
was able to use the `i' and `s' commands just the way I expected.

What am I missing?  It seems to me different people are trying to solve
different problems within this single discussion thread.

Kevin Rodgers

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