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Re: Any interest in using HTML for locally-installed Texinfo documentati

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Any interest in using HTML for locally-installed Texinfo documentation?
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 18:02:38 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Gavin,

Gavin Smith <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Wed, Apr 03, 2019 at 11:11:36PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:


>> I was mentioning this because it’s an experiment that Andy Wingo did
>> about 15 years (?!) ago.  Andy wrote the Texinfo parser that’s now part
>> of Guile, and then had a Guile-GTK program that used a tree widget to
>> show the contents, had clickable links, text would reflow, etc.  (See
>> <https://wingolog.org/archives/2004/07/25/literate-programming-with-guile-lib>.
>> Unfortunately the screenshot has disappeared.)
>> That said, it surely is quite a bit of work, but I think it’s an option
>> we could consider.
> This is an interesting idea.  How far developed was the program?  Is it 
> still extant?

This was a pure Guile approach.  The parser itself has been part of
Guile since 2.0; it’s good but incomplete (usually it cannot parse
complete manuals.)

The viewer was based on Guile-GNOME, which was in the GTK+2 era I
believe.  It definitely wouldn’t be usable as-is today.  Andy, do you
remember more?  :-)


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