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

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Have you all gone crazy? Was: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:47:58 +0900

Tom writes:

 > As a test I took the current emacs HTML manual (for simplicity I used
 > the everything on a single page version, so you may have to wait
 > for it load completely)

In two tries (in private browsing windows, so shouldn't be cached) it
took ~2 and ~4 seconds to load respectively.  The ToC was visible in
both cases in under 2 seconds.  (Safari on Mac OS X "Yosemite")

That would be acceptable if I just kept a browser window open all the

I wonder if you could write an Emacs function to prompt for a node
name and "send" the request to the browser window.  I'm not sure how
to make that practical (I'd want the completion feature, although I
don't like the current implementation, see below).

 > and added a simple goto feature to it, like the one in info.


 > You can press 'g' and a dialog pops up, you type something, the
 > nodename completions appear and you can press enter to jump
 > to the desired node.

It is instantaneous, as advertised.

Doesn't work properly in Safari - I have to actually select something
from the menu, can't type and go.  (Yes, I understand this is a quick
proof of concept, but in Emacs completion is normally automatic and my
fingers expect that -- this behavior would get very old very fast.)

It doesn't work as I would want even if the completion is unique.

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