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

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:14:37 -0500
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Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden>:
> It's always been a nasty hurdle for me, discouraging me from writing new
> stuff. I can never remember the syntax (I deal with Markdown and other
> formats all day, and texinfo gets pushed out).  I also hate having to
> list section names twice and the index and all the other nonsense.
> FWIW, org-mode is all right but Yet Another Format. I think it wouldn't
> be an improvement over texinfo for user adoption. Asciidoc, Docutils, or
> Markdown seem much better if we want to make contributions easy.

Ted is perfectly representative of the younger developers I run into.
When I use terms like "ugly" and "heavyweight", misfeatures like the
duplication of structure in sections and nodes are part of what I have
in mind.

Ted is what's normal out there. It's the handful of people on this list
so used to Texinfo that it has worn grooves in their brains who are
the outliers.
                <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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