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Re: General complaint about GNU's preference for "info" versus "man"

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: General complaint about GNU's preference for "info" versus "man"
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 10:50:14 +0200
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On Sat, Apr 22, 2006 at 11:54:29AM -0500, Karl Berry wrote:
> lot of contortions in the writing, it seems to me; readers simply have
> very different expectations of man pages and Texinfo manuals.  [...]

I think you are right, ...

> [...] not that I would reject out of a hand a well-thought-out
> design and implementation :).

... thus doing this right can be a lot of work.  Yet I think it is
worth it, but since I'm not able to actually do it (or mentor it for
Google Summer of code ;-), I perhaps should shout up soon.

> also don't necessarily want to be constrained to use exactly the same
> words in all those places; terseness is necessary in --help, but not in
> the Texinfo manual.

Seconded.  There has to be a way to define an aternative terse wording.
(Similarly to the ``short title'' for running heads in other
markup languages.)


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