[OFFTOPIC] Info files vs Man pages

Per Bothner bothner@cygnus.com
Wed Sep 16 22:59:00 GMT 1998

> Waste of time.  Extend Lynx if necessary (Lynx is under the GPL).

OK, I wasn't sure about that.

> I can't think of anyone who prefers the standalone info browser
> to Lynx that has used both.

I have used both and prefer info, perhaps mainly because I use info a
lot more.

However, a few tweaks to lynx would help.  Mainly, if it could be
more intelligent about the navigation, and recognize the various
<link> tags texi2html emits, I think it would be nicer. I do
like the "intelligent space" command of info mode, and
I would like that for lynx.  Having that, plus searching,
would help convince peopel to switch.  (A traditional info-compatible
user interface *option* would also help us old-time info users.)

> Millions of people use HTML tools; hardly anyone uses info tools.
> Given this, you don't bend the HTML tools to look like info tools;
> rather you make the info data accessible to the HTML users.

I think that is a bogus point - "hardly anyone" uses lynx,
compared to the millions who point-and-click.  I think we
can tweak the lynx interface, adding the best features of info,
and come up with something quite nice.

> The only extension that people have been asking for is the ability to
> search across multiple files; it would be possible to come up a convention
> to use META tags for this purpose (to mark the URL corresponding to
> the next file).

Well, if you look at texi2html-generated html, you will find it does
emit navigation information in the links:


<!-- This HTML file has been created by texi2html 1.54
     from kawa.texi on 20 March 1998 -->

<TITLE>Kawa, the Java-based Scheme system - Features</TITLE>
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