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

From: James Fuller
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:16:18 +0100

long time lurker/user, 

balancing off what works for a 'long time' versus being relevant to new contributors is a tough one ... though I thoroughly agree with the spirit of Eric's thinking.

a bit of TMTOWDI thinking ... why not have 1+n documentation formats ?

let those formats wither that do not get adopted and avoid having the 'one true' format discussion.

of course, there are engineering compromises, though it sounds like a fun problem to work out.

Jim Fuller

On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
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Both of you are takig a harsh tone in these messages.  If anything
will drive people away from contributing, it is that.

Please, both of you, and everyone, take the aggression out of your

> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>:
> > > Because Texinfo is a barrier in itself, full of ceremony and heavyweight
> > > markup.
> >
> > Nonsense.
> You have Texinfo markup in your fingertips.  So do I.  The difference
> is, I can perform the cognitive distancing act required to see how it
> looks to newbies.  Apparently you can't.

Apparently, there are no technical arguments left in your arsenal (if
there were any to begin with), so you are down to ad hominem.  Shame
on you!

> > > The state of the art has moved well past it - modern formats like
> > > asciidoc (or perhaps even org - others may be right about that) are
> > > both lighter and more powerful.
> >
> > How about showing those advantages, instead of throwing
> > unsubstantiated FAD?
> Sure.  Go look at the asciidoc masters in the Linux or git source trees.

How typical.  See above.

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