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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: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:57:56 +0100
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Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

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> Unfortunately, I don't remember the conclusions of our previous
> discussion of replacing Info format.  Maybe someone can look for
> it in the archives.
>   > In sum, switching to a Web browser as the means to read documentation
>   > is a regression.
> I agree completely.
> Using HTML instead of Info format would be a big improvement, since
> HTML is more flexible and can represent a wider range of contents.
> However, unless we have an HTML-based Info reader with the same handy
> features that the current Info reader has (for instance, the commands
> n, p, u, m, i, SPC, search through multiple nodes), it would also be a
> big step backward.

One big advantage of Info is the instantaneous response partly due to
the preformatted content.  At least the parsing should hopefully be
workably fast when relying on libxml2 like eww, to my belief, does.

But we still need to reflow.

David Kastrup

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