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Re: Divergence in menu appearance between Emacs Info and standalone Info

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Divergence in menu appearance between Emacs Info and standalone Info
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 18:51:25 +0300

> Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 14:00:01 +0000 (UTC)
> From: "Robert J. Chassell" <address@hidden>
> The problem is, what is meant by `look and feel modern'?

Whatever HTML browsers do: display the links in a special typeface
that makes it clear they are links, pop up a menu when you press
mouse-2 or mouse-3 that allow you to display the referenced node in a
separate frame, keep a list of recently visited nodes in a menu, etc.

> To me HTML
> looks more than two decades old, even though I know it is not.  This
> is because output expressions do not distinguish between references to
> the same document on a different page and distant documents

I don't get this: to me, the URL displayed at the bottom of the HTML
display (an area roughly equivalent to Emacs's echo area), celarly
states whether the refenced document belongs to the same document or

> because I cannot go to next, previous, and subsequent nodes readily,

HTML doesn't have inherent support for tree-like structure, it only
supports graphs.  But that doesn't mean that Info's support of the
tree structure interferes in any way with the other features.

>     I don't see how hiding node names could be a step in the wrong
>     direction.
> Because node names tell you where a file is located.  Sometimes a file
> on on someone else's local area network, and your connection to it is
> slow or non-existant.

I did say that a node name should be accssible, but that doesn't mean
it needs to be visible at all times, or for every user.

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