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Re: CSS file for texinfo HTML output

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: CSS file for texinfo HTML output
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:44:54 +0000

On 9 February 2016 at 02:52, Per Bothner <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 02/08/2016 12:23 PM, Gavin Smith wrote:
>> There is probably no great barrier to this question, other than taking
>> care of this last 5%. I haven't said what the "HTML-Info" question is,
>> because defining the question is part of the problem. It seems easy
>> enough, but talk is cheap, and anyone one who comes forward with an
>> answer will need to define the question thoroughly themselves.
> I don't really get into this in my previous response, but I agree.
> The fundamental long-term goal IMO is stop optimizing GNU documentation tool
> for the least capable plain-text terminals, and (relatedly) replacing
> the info format by html as the preferred format for GNU documentation.

I suggest that anyone who wants to work on this checks how well
Automake supports building and installation of HTML manuals. I seem to
remember that using e.g. a html_TEXINFOS Automake variable doesn't
work very well.

Other problems come to mind:
* Intermanual links: locally installed manuals should be preferred.
* Search path for manuals.
* How the locally installed HTML pages are accessed, in a standard web
browser or a special documentation viewer that happens to use HTML as
its format.

These issues, and several others, would need to be taken care of. You
can probably think of some I haven't mentioned.

> (1) Improvements to the html generated by makeinfo.
> A secondary benefit of doing so is may allow us to
> get rid of the --xml output format.  (I'd like to get
> to the point where html output contains all the information
> currently available only in xml or docbook output formats.)

I don't care that much about the XML output format, but it exists, may
be occasionally useful, and isn't getting in the way much of the other

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