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Re: HTML instead of GNU Info?

On Sat, Jun 19, 1999 at 03:42:46PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de> writes:
> > Bad idea. We are not here to impose any format as the only available format
> > to our users.
> > 
> > HTML will give very bad print outs, for example. Conevrting from texi to ps
> > (over tex) is much better for that. That is just as an example.
> Well, I haven't found a good way to do this either.  Can you please
> share some wisdom?


texi2dvi file.texi
And magicfilter can figure out how to do dvi->ps and print.

Generally, in my experience, tex is possibly one of the most malleable
markups around. A few dialects of SGML show this too: docbook for example,
and XML (although there are no good DFSG XML suites around, it shows some
real potential and seems to be building momentum)

In general, documentation formats are fairly easy to convert between. Since
HTML is content oriented (not representation oriented like PS) it can easily
be converted straight to clean TeX with minimal coding effort (or to groff,
or ...). Same with TeX, and the other SGMLs.

So IMO Debian should have no standard doc format. If someone started using a
format that required a proprietary reader, then that's too much, but I think
we should refrain from overregulation.

..Aaron Van Couwenberghe... ..vanco@sonic.net.. ..aaronv@debian.org....
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