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

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:30:57 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> Texinfo 5 uses newer technology and supports Unicode characters etc., but is
> wwwwaaaaayyyyyyy toooo ssllloooooowwww, so slow that it routinely hinders me
> (and no doubt others) from improving the Emacs documentation.

Indeed the slowdown (factor 100 IIRC last time I measured it) is
a serious problem.

> Although I and others have reported the performance bug to the Texinfo
> maintainers, they've made it clear that the problem is not likely to be
> fixed any time soon.

I think I understand why they don't want to fix the processing speed.
But we should still push them to provide workarounds.  "Separate
compilation" would solve this problem: the whole Elisp manual is
enormous, but if we could update the manual by only processing those
files which have changed, then I think the speed of Texinfo-5's
processing would become acceptable.


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