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Re: Manual: indexes are missing links

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Manual: indexes are missing links
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 11:52:54 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)

>> From: Juri Linkov <address@hidden>
>> Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 02:09:52 +0200
>> Simply turning this on has an undesirable consequence that node names
>> are now hidden in the index node, but it is very useful to see them!
> You see them when the mouse pointer hovers above the link.

No, thanks, it is very inconvenient to hover the mouse pointer
on every index entry to see their corresponding node name.

> Why do you think it's more important to see the node names in the
> index than it is in any other menu?

Menu item names in any other menu are often just a modified version
of the node name, so it makes sense to hide node names as e.g. in:

* Format: Outline Format.          What the text of an outline looks like.
* Motion: Outline Motion.          Special commands for moving through outlines.
* Visibility: Outline Visibility.  Commands to control what is visible.
* Views: Outline Views.            Outlines and multiple views.

Unlike this, index entry names contain no information about node names
to which they belong, and it is helpful to see them, e.g.:

* face-background:                       Attribute Functions.
* face-bold-p:                           Attribute Functions.
* face-differs-from-default-p:           Face Functions.
* face-documentation <1>:                Face Functions.
* face-documentation:                    Accessing Documentation.

It is especially important to see node names with the same index names
like in the two last lines above.

There is enough horizontal space in the index menus to leave node
names displayed where they were displayed for many years so far
without complaints from users.

Juri Linkov

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