[OFFTOPIC] Info files vs Man pages

Per Bothner bothner@cygnus.com
Wed Sep 16 11:34:00 GMT 1998


> If the text console version of the info program didn't suck
> so badly, I might be thinking better thoughts about info files, but I
> don't, so RMS can go suck his left nut for dreaming up such a horrid user
> interface.

Remeber that the info interface is over 20 years old.
It was pretty good for its time.  It was still ahead of its time
when it was (re-)introduced in GNU Emacs in the 80's.

And a lot of it is a matter of taste and what you are used to.
I can't say I've ever gotten comfortable with the lynx user
interface.

How well does lynx support sequentially reading a structured document?
I'm fairly sure not as well as info does.

Still, I think lynx with some moderate extensions may make a
reasonable replacement for stand-alone info.   (One needed
extension is a way to select a info-like user interface ...)

	--Per Bothner
Cygnus Solutions     bothner@cygnus.com     http://www.cygnus.com/~bothner



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