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Re: INFO on add-ons

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: INFO on add-ons
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2002 16:23:43 +0900
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>>>>> "Miles" == Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

    Miles> [Texinfo is n]ot an improvement over what?  Writing info
    Miles> files by hand?  It seems an enormous improvement over that.

Who wrote them by hand?  There was a mode, of course, probably still
is, buried in the info handling code somewhere.  It was close to
WYSIWYG, and given the limited expressiveness of TTYs, only a few
easily remembered "markup" forms.

    >> I wouldn't go back, although I'd like to go forward from
    >> Texinfo to XMLinfo.

    Miles> Why?  SGML and XML are quite unreadable compared to
    Miles> texinfo.

In a buzzword, Document Object Model.  I don't read texinfo, I read
Info.  And I don't want to write or edit texinfo, I want to move
hierarchical objects around (I'm mostly a manager, not a programmer;
ie, with docs, I edit and compile, not write). 

    Miles> Would you like fries with that?

No, I'll have onion rings.  ;)

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