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Bug#258942: xfree86-common: FAQ reference to the HTML version is inaccurate

clone 258942 -1
retitle -1 debhelper: dh_compress should not compress HTML or XHTML files
severity -1 wishlist
reassign -1 debhelper
retitle 258942 xfree86-common: pass --exclude to dh_compress so XHTML version of FAQ is left alone

On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 01:21:56PM +0300, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> Package: xfree86-common
> Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-6
> Severity: minor
> /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz contains the following passage:
>    On Debian systems with the xfree86-common package installed,
>    you can find this FAQ at
>    file:///usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.xhtml.
> However the file /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.xhtml does not exist.
> Instead, there is /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.xhtml.gz, but
> Mozilla Firefox refuses to open that file in a browser window,
> presenting an Open With dialog instead.
> Could you leave FAQ.xhtml uncompressed?  Or, if that is against the
> policy, update the file name in the FAQ itself and advise the user that
> she will have to copy and uncompress that file manually before she can
> open it in a browser?

Hmm, I thought debhelper knew better than to compress XHTML.

Apparently it doesn't.  OTOH, Debian Policy seems to neither mandate nor
forbid the compression of (X)HTML documents.

I am cloning a wishlist bug on debhelper while we figure out what the best
recommended practice is.

It's a shame so many web browsers are too stupid to decompress gzipped

G. Branden Robinson                |     It's not a matter of alienating
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     authors.  They have every right to
branden@debian.org                 |     license their software however we
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     like.  -- Craig Sanders

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