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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 17:12:57 +0100
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Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:

> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> wrote:
>> GNU has a culture of high-quality documentation.  Texinfo is a tool for
>> that, providing features like indexes, cross-manual references,
>> documentation-oriented markup, and several output media.  AFAIK, neither
>> AsciiDoc nor “heavier” options like DocBook support all of that.
>> Info browsers make it easy to browse manuals, search for index terms,
>> follow links, including to other manuals.  A Web browser cannot achieve
>> that because a Web browser is not designed for that.
> Not by itself, but with a good search engine it could.

Not really.  Try an incremental full text search through the entire Info
file.  Try jumping through the references for some index term.

The best search engine does not give you a user interface for that kind
of stuff.

David Kastrup

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