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Re: [bug-gettext] ELPA and gettext.el

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] ELPA and gettext.el
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:58:31 +0100
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Glenn Morris wrote:
> >  2) The documentation is handled appropriately. Currently it is documented
> >     through some texinfo-formatted documentation [6]. Whereas ELPA packages,
> >     as far as I can see, currently only have plain text documentation, which
> >     is inferior to texinfo / hypertext formatted documentation.
> ELPA packages may contain info pages. Ref
> https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Multi_002dfile-Packages.html

Can ELPA packages also provide HTML-format documentation (generated from
texinfo sources) in a canonical way? HTML rendering is decent, 'info' rendering
in Emacs is inferior (use of fixed-width font for plain text, use of _xxx_
for @emph instead of slanted/italic face, etc.). Therefore I would want
to provide the documentation in HTML at least.

> Personally, I strongly recommend creating an ELPA package rather than
> adding to Emacs itself.

Hmm. I'm hearing mixed voices (Paul vs. Glenn).

> >   1) The responsibility of po-mode.el was transferred to the Emacs community
> >      at the same time. Yes, it would be welcome if someone could take care 
> > of
> >      the 5 open bugs regarding the PO mode. [1][2][3][4][5]
> Simply moving the files to another repository (GNU Emacs or ELPA) won't
> create a maintainer for them. There is no GNU ELPA community AFAIK.
> Excepting perhaps Stefan, it seems to be individuals maintaining their
> own packages. Emacs itself has a small number of active people, but less
> used components can languish.

Would moving po-mode.el to emacs/lisp/ make it more probable that it gets
occasional attention and maintenance from developers familiar with Emacs Lisp,
than putting it in ELPA?


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