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Re: The HTML-Info initiative

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: The HTML-Info initiative
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:39:10 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.4 (2018-02-28)

On Mon, Dec 27, 2021 at 09:07:21AM -0800, Per Bothner wrote:
> Cross-manual links could be handled pretty by standarding relative URLs.
> I.e. if the emacs/texinfo manual is 
> /usr/local/share/doc/{emacs,texinfo}/index.html
> and you can get from one to the other using "../{texinfo,emacs}/index.html".
> Handling a search path is trickier, but can be done using using a small 
> web-server.
> (I use libwebsockets for DomTerm.)  However, the webkitgtk-info approach may 
> be better
> (though less portable).

That is something somebody would have to implement and work through the
details of to see if it can be made to work.

> It seems unaware of and not making use
> of info.js.  Integration with info.js would be nice - at the very least 
> disable
> the latter's sidebar and other duplicated functionality.

Another detail of implementation.  For what it's worth I tried this approach
initially with QtWebEngine and embedding info.js but the special cases that
needed to be added to the code to support this weren't worth it, in my
opinion.  Again these decisions would have to be made by whoever is doing
the work to make the program work.  Programs with embedded web browsers have
an awkward structure to work with as you are no doubt aware from your work
with DomTerm.

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