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

From: Stephen Leake
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 13:06:19 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.94 (windows-nt)

"Eric S. Raymond" <address@hidden> writes:

> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>:
>> And also because the index-searching commands, without which you are
>> lost in a large manual, don't exist in the Web browsers out there.
> This is not at *all* hard to solve.  I have written HTML generators
> that produce index links myself in different contexts.

I'm not sure that "produce index links" and "index-searching commands"
are the same thing; Eli, could you elaborate on what commands you mean?

When I browse info, I use M-/ and/or C-s to search the index listings.

In any case, Texinfo produces index listings in html format;

Why reinvent this particular wheel?

>> And finally because Emacs documentation commands have
>> links that go to the respective manual and chapter, but no similar
>> features exist for external browsers.
> Generating that kind of link structure from any modern markup is
> almost trivial.  

Sure, it's trivial; so trivial that even Texinfo has it.

>> In sum, switching to a Web browser as the means to read documentation
>> is a regression.
> Except to pretty much the entire universe of new developers we need to
> recruit.

We are already meeting that need:


I've added that link to ./CONTRIBUTE; where else does it need to be?

-- Stephe

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