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Re: Patch to disable links line in *info* buffer

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: Re: Patch to disable links line in *info* buffer
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 11:15:32 +0000 (UTC)

   if we want to optimize for ease of sharing (not a bad goal, IMHO),
   my guess is the easiest way to share a mode-line-as-"link" would be
   a series of keystrokes that can be used to find that node.  this:

    (fset 'help-me! [?\C-h ?i ?m ?e ?m ?a ?c ?s ?\C-m])

   is more useful than

    File: emacs,  Node: Top,  Next: Distrib,  Prev: (dir),  Up: (dir)

Whether it is more useful depends on your goal.  If you are giving
some keystrokes to someone who already knows and uses Info, then yes,
this might be more useful, although I think the
`Info-copy-current-node-name' for this, `(emacs)Top', is even more

But for my primary audience, this series of keystrokes fails; it is
like a magic catenation that does the job, but you don't learn the
physics.  My audience need to learn that there is a `dir' file.  They
need to learn that you can go from the dir file to a specific Info
file; and that in the Info file, you can go to a specific node.  And
they need to be inspired to do this.

    Robert J. Chassell                  address@hidden
    Rattlesnake Enterprises             http://www.rattlesnake.com

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