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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: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:52:45 +0100
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Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:

> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Óscar Fuentes wrote:
>>>> Some formats (like Org) are "final", in the sense that the source text
>>>> (the equivalent of *.texi) is intended for consumption (it is the *.info
>>>> too, although not as pretty as some of its other representations such as
>>>> HTML.) Failures on the structure are visible, links can be checked right
>>>> away, etc.
>>> This is an advantage of Org mode over Texinfo.
>> It's also a disadvantage since it means that one simple text-based
>> output format has to contain the full information relevant for all other
>> output formats.  Which causes visual clutter not relevant for the
>> text-based output format.
> But for HTML you add style sheets. So it is not really true that the
> org format has to contain all the information.

Style sheets contain formatting, not information.  Everything that a
style sheet has to apply to individually needs to be marked with a
corresponding div tag or similar individually.  So I stand by my
statement that the Org format has to contain all the information.  It
does not need to contain specifics about the formatting, such as the
background color, or the fonts/markup for _every_ @file construct.  But
it still needs to mark everything specifically for which a specific
formatting, whether or not specified in a style sheet, is supposed to

David Kastrup

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