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Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:32:41 +0100
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"Eric S. Raymond" <address@hidden> writes:

> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>:
>> > As to document browsing inside Emacs itself, Emacs is now a browser.
>> > So rendering HTML solves that problem too.
>> EWW/SHR looks a lot more crappy than Info-mode, so I don't think it's
>> quite that easy.
> This problem can be fixed, and almost certainly will be simply because
> HTML has such a a large constituency.

HTML is _not_ a source format.  Its current "constituency" is
_minuscule_ since every "web programmer" actually does not write HTML
but uses "authoring tools" and "frameworks" which produce a lot of crap
inconsistent with what everybody else produces and seeping in CSS,
JavaScript, Flash, incompatible browser extensions and what not.

That is absolutely not the way to arrive at consistent documentation.
If you want to arrive at consistent HTML documentation, you use some
well-defined logical authoring system/subset like Docbook or, guess
what, Texinfo and convert your HTML from there.

And that's what we have already.

David Kastrup

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