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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: finding answers quickly

From: Miles Bader
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: finding answers quickly
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 11:08:24 +0900

Andrew Suffield <address@hidden> writes:
>> Markup languages like docbook (and many other sgml derived languages)
>> are different -- they almost seem text hostile.  They give you powerful
>> tools for adding meaning to text, but often seem to obscure the actual
>> text in the process!  For automatically produced documents, or documents
>> with an extremely regular format, that might be fine, but it seems to
>> artificially emphasize minutia at the expense of the larger whole.
> This is 'normal' for publishing-grade stuff, which is one of the
> targets of docbook. Compare it to latex. It's intended for writing
> technical manuals, after all.

I've done a lot of "technical" writing in latex, and latex seems much
better in this respect -- and I don't even like latex (super powerful,
but world's most crufty macro language)!  Of course there's lot of
non-text stuff, but it usually doesn't overwhelm the text.

Also note that Texi is intended for writing technical manuals too, and
manages to be less annoying than docbook.

In New York, most people don't have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you
have to take the subway to their house.  And sometimes on the way, the train
is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway.
  [George Carlin]

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