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Re: Info enhancements

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Info enhancements
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 19:59:11 +0200
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Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:
> Karl Berry wrote:
>    As for the xref stuff, I am not at all sure the second arg to xref
>    should be treated in a special way; that was not its original intent and
>    nothing has ever been documented about it.  I didn't know standalone
>    info did any searching based on it.  I'll have to think about that.
> The standalone info goes to the wrong place in the example we have
> been looking at.  Instead of going to the intended place:
>  - Variable: file-coding-system-alist
> It goes to:
>      files and the contents of `file-coding-system-alist' (see below).
> in the description of `auto-coding-regexp-alist'.
> While it is very useful to go to the intended place, it is a lot
> better to just go to the top of the node than to attempt to guess.
> Going to the wrong place misleads the user.

Going to the wrong place will not mislead the user more than going to
the top of the node because when user starts to scan visually the node
by reading it from the top he soon encounters the first and wrong
occurrence of the searched string.  Now the user is exactly in the same
situation as if point was placed here automatically by the Info
reader.  So it is the task of authors of Info manuals to warn the user
that the right place is somewhere below.  And as you can notice this
is already done in the mentioned node.  You can see that authors
already added the warning "(see below)" exactly for this purpose!


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