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Re: Colons in indices

From: Jan Nieuwenhuizen
Subject: Re: Colons in indices
Date: 11 Apr 2001 12:50:28 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.0807 (Gnus v5.8.7) Emacs/20.7

"Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> writes:

> Sorry for a vague wording

No offence.  There may be a technical problem that's very obvious to
you, I just thought it would have been better to explain the problem.

> Here's what I meant to say: any incompatible change, such as the one
> which breaks previous versions of Info readers

Agreed, we surely don't want to break current Info readers.
Various info
documentation has index entries such as:

    Foo::bar:  Foo's bar

and they're already dead links now, which is very bad.  That's why I
proposed escaping : with : in (index) references, the info file would
then read:

    Foo::::bar: Foo's bar

It's not aesthetically pleasing, but I fail to see why this would
break current Info readers any more than than they're already broken

The new readers would jump to node Foo::bar.

> [..] would mean a thorough rewrite of parts of info.el.

If anything's seriously broken, it needs to be fixed.  Too bad if it's
much work: it will probably take longer.

Jan Nieuwenhuizen <address@hidden> | GNU LilyPond - The music typesetter       |

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