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Re: Emacs Manual topics to remove?

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Emacs Manual topics to remove?
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 18:32:18 +0900

On 3/13/06, Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:
> > I think it could cause resentment to suggest removing chapters that others
> > have contributed.  I wonder if it's possible to count page hits on the 
> > online
> > version at www.gnu.org and generally remove those chapters that receive the
> > least hits?
> Well, they are only being moved to emacs-xtras, not deleted.

In any case, it seems silly to avoid doing necessary pruning because
of some vague fear of offending somebody.  Pretty much _everything_ in
Emacs is a contribution, so one simply can't think this way.

Not that it's an easy decision -- a great deal of what exists in emacs
is "marginal" in some sense (is only used by a relatively small
percentage of users).

It does seem that it would be courteous to bring the authors of the
text into the discussion; maybe they could suggest alternatives such
as abridgement?

Anyway, some possibilities for deletion that come to mind:

   + Nroff mode [obscure language these days, and not very useful content]

   + Asm Mode [fairly useless -- doesn't say much you wouldn't get
from just using the mode]

   + Table mode; I'm not sure about this one -- it could be very
popular, I suppose, but it _is_ quite large.  Maybe there could be a
shortened version in the printed manual (similar to the way that Gnus
has a short intro in the Emacs, manual, which links to the huge
standalone Gnus manual)?

Personally I think "Nroff Mode" and "Asm Mode" could just be deleted
entirely, there seems not much point to them, even in emacs-xtra.

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