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Re: HTML-Info design

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: HTML-Info design
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:45:45 -0800
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On 12/28/2014 03:08 PM, Lars Ingebrigtsen wrote:
This is what an Info buffer looks like on Fedora 19:

I see more than that on Fedora 21 with "emacs -Q". Please see the first attachment. There are two ways to go back (a "Previous" icon, and a "Prev: Buffer List" text, and two ways to go forward (a "Next" icon, and a "Next: Killing Buffers" text that is confusingly in the opposite order of the buttons), and two ways to go up (an unlabeled up icon, and an "Up: Buffers" text). Plus, the text does not rearrange itself to fit the window size, and since my window is not the default size the text is pretty hard to read. It's a confusing UI, for someone not already used to it.

In contrast, the same documentation on Icecat (see 2nd attachment) is easier to read and for a newbie to navigate through. There's only one set of buttons, the text fits the window, the font (though still pretty large) is not the enormous size that Emacs uses, and the text is nicely reformatted to fit the window. (One other nicety: some unnecessary and distracting quotes are omitted.) Overall there's about 50% more useful information in the same screen space, and it's more readable despite the smaller font size. This is a significantly better experience.

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