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Re: FSD as a Git repository

From: quiliro
Subject: Re: FSD as a Git repository
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 21:42:01 -0500

Greg Farough <> writes:

> If MediaWiki were a gigantic web application, things would be
> different. But as it is, it's a perfectly acceptable free software
> solution that the vast majority of contributors are going to find more
> user-friendly than submitting edits over eww.el or a similarly niche
> setup. I don't think it's reasonable for a contributor to *expect* a
> way to edit the Directory without running JavaScript, but I still
> think it makes for a good "hobby project" for a volunteer.
> If the Directory's MediaWiki installation is posing problems for
> screen readers, that's a separate issue and one definitely worth
> closer research.

Why would one user's need be more important than another?  Plain text is
not a solution for most users.  It is a solution for all users because
it can be adapted to all needs.  The other way around is much more
complicated and sometimes impossible.

Striving for accessibility from the ground up by way of plain text would
allow everyone to participate.  Of course that it would need work.  But
I think that if CVS can be used by non-techies and in big teams of
collaboration successfully in other projects, it can obviously handle de
FSD much better than the complicated way it is done now.

I do think that it was good in the past.  But times change.  I do not
think that they will change towards more Javascript.  I think that they
will change towards more standardization.  There is nothing more
standard than plain text.  So it is sure to be more future proof,
adaptable and secure than Javascript or Media Wiki or PHP.

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