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

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:46:17 -0500

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  > FWIW, a relative local path, eg. "../chap1.html", is also a legal URI
  > reference: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986#appendix-A

Info manuals are not all stored in one directory.  They are found in a
path.  Thus, a reference to another manual has to search the path.

We could modify our browser IceCat to recognize a ../ URL in some
specific context and search the path to find the proper manual.  That
sort of URL would not work right in other browsers.

We could also make our browser IceCat handle URLs like 'info:glibc'.
Again, that would not work right in other browsers.

I don't see any advantage in the ../ URL over the 'info:' URL,
if either one would work only in our browser.

We can ask other browser developers to support either one,
but I think our chances of getting them to agree are higher with 'info:'
because that is clean.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
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Boston MA 02110
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