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Re: Info enhancements

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Info enhancements
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 11:38:32 +0200

> From: Juri Linkov <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 03:27:37 +0200
>      See also `append' in *Note Building Lists::, `concat' in *Note
>      Creating Strings::, and `vconcat' in *Note Vectors::, for other
>      ways to copy sequences.
> Such kind of references has at least two big drawbacks:

I think these drawbacks stem from the basic limitations of the Info
format.  People nowadays are more accustomed to HTML and similar
hyper-text formats, where the actual pointer is hidden, that's why the
somewhat naive Info format looks bad to them.

> I believe this enhancement can easily be done with the existing Info
> format.

And having spent many hours hacking makeinfo and the stand-alone Info
reader, I believe, like Karl does, that doing that is a complete waste
of time and effort.  I think we basically have reached the point where
no significant improvements could be done to Info without breaking
something somewhere else.  Evene the relatively simple change such as
Info-hide-node-references caused a series of unintended consequences
that we haven't fixed yet to the full extent.  Isn't the experience
drawn from that experiment enough for us to understand the simple
truth that



I say, if we want a better reader of the docs, let's invest our energy
in an XML-based reader.

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