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Re: Have you all gone crazy? Was: On being web-friendly and why info mus

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: Have you all gone crazy? Was: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:49:38 +0100

On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:
>> On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull
>> <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> David Kastrup writes:
>>>  > There is actually another hidden hurdle that has not been
>>>  > mentioned: the target format "Info" is not independent from the
>>>  > manual's organization of content: content is organized into
>>>  > node-sized chunks, with a somewhat hierarchical organization
>>>  > intended to make all non-bottom nodes fit on a screen if feasible
>>>  > in order to make navigation fast.
>>> I don't think this is a big problem, though.  I don't see any reason
>>> why the organization into "nodes" or "pages" (as in the original
>>> intent of *nix "man page") would change.  It's the obvious way (at
>>> least to me) to provide modularity in documentation to correspond to
>>> the modularity of the program.
>> With HTML5 you can use "ajax" which can make it very fast to fetch
>> small nodes. You simply just update that information on the web page
>> (instead of fetching the whole web page).
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_(programming)
> A glimmer of possible solutions on the horizon does not seem like a
> sufficient incentive to throw an established working large established
> system overboard.

I think I have already said that this is not about throwing the
established formats overboard?!?

The solution I mentioned is not far away. It is actually quite easy to
implement today. (And it is all over the internet.)

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