Re: Docs format
>> From: Matthew Emmett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> email@example.com (Cowboy) writes:
>> > While I agree in principal, and acknowledge that the prefered method does
>> > not fit my preference, I submit that there are cases ( such as a crippled
>> > system where various word processors will not work ) when ANY meta
>> > info within a document is a bad thing.
>> > One of the strong points of *nix text formatting systems, has been that
>> > plain text can be formatted any way the reader likes.
>> > Since pure text versions tend to be much smaller than formatted versions,
>> > may I suggest that both be available ? It's far easier to format plain text
>> > than it is to UN-format a meta document, particularly when the various
>> > word processors available will not work for whatever reason.
>> I strongly disagree that it is easier to "format plain text than it is
>> to UN-format a meta document". Take, for example, perl's perldoc.
>> The documents are "meta-documents", and rendering them to nicely
>> formatted plain-text is dead simple:
>> $ perldoc -t -f splice
That may be true of perldoc, but does it also apply to TeX or to Info,
or HTML, or .....
>> However, if I were presented a plain-text version of the above, and I
>> wanted to format it into another format (man style for example) I'd
>> have to muddle around and insert the appropriate meta-data.
>> I guess what I'm saying is, it is easy (IMHO) to go from meta-data to
>> non meta-data. If one needs all docs in plain text for when they
>> cripple their system (how often is that going to happen when the hurd
>> matures anyways? :), they can simply render them to text!
Your point is understood.
I simply submit that some universal format is better than proprietary
I understand that the standard is info files, a reader which I've yet to
get working before a new version come out, or an update to a system,
which renders the working version broken, and the documents unreadable,
or with great difficulty at best.
Based on my years of experience, I stand by plain, ASCII text.
It's served me well through 15 versions of Win9x, 8 versions of
Win3.x, I-don't-know-how-many-versions of Linux, NT, and others.
Through it all, text is the ONLY one that remains fully compatible,
and un-broken regardless.
Anyhow, I believe this is off-topic, and already decided.
You will be reincarnated as a toad; and you will be much happier.