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Re: HTML-Info design

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: HTML-Info design
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:42:05 +0100

On Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> We are talking about replacing an existing browser, one that is
> developed for decades and is chock-full of useful features.  I use
> many of them every day.  People can say it's "samizdat" all they want,
> but for me it is a tremendously useful tool.

I would rather think of it as adding that kind of functionality to the
web browser version. It is the functionality that is important, of
course, not how it will look.

All those years that info has been developed and married with the
content has given a lot of experience, useful experiences. For me the
question is: Can we transform that knowledge to that web browser
version? That might help not only Emacs, but also other projects.

Of course that has to be merged with the internet search that is now
the main way for people to search for information.

This is not an easy project. Because of that there is no room for quarrels. ;-)

> If you want to convince
> me that the replacement will be worthy, you need to show that those
> important features, or at least some non-trivial subset thereof, can
> be had with your suggested approach.  And given my JS ignorance, the
> only way of showing that is by implementing it.  Because I have no
> idea what will it take to write a multi-file regexp search in JS.

A very common situation. A very important type of situations.

I would say implement part of it. And then talk carefully about the details.

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