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Re: Man pages missing
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- From: Hrvoje Niksic <hniksic@xxxxxxx>
- To: zsh-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (ZSH Mailing List)
- Subject: Re: Man pages missing
- Date: 01 Feb 1997 11:09:07 +0100
- In-reply-to: Vidiot's message of Fri, 31 Jan 1997 09:26:30 -0600 (CST)
- References: <199701311526.JAA17043@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Sender: hniksic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> <This is the approach some programs use (e.g. elm), and some not
> <(Perl, Emacs). It is simply a matter of choice; I like the choice
> <zsh developers made.
> Perl is a bad example, since there are books available in your local book
> store. Zsh has no such book and really needs one.
No, it's not a bad example. When I say online documentation, I mean
it. I know I can always buy the book from the bookstore.
> <I don't see anything wrong with the "old-fashioned" help currently
> <used. Before thinking about converting to something different, one
> <should think about all the advantages of PDF over TexInfo? Is there a
> <freely available viewer for PDF files? Can they be viewed on a text
> Advantages: graphical, can included visual examples (though I admit that there
> isn't much in the way of graphics :-); the user can scale the size of
> the help pages to suite the needs of the user; hypertext TOC and index;
> just to name a few.
Texinfo has almost all of this.
> Disadvantages: doesn't work on text-only systems (how many of these are
> still around
Then forget it. Yes, there are many text-only systems around, believe
it or not.
> (one shouldn't cripple the on-line help because of a lack of
Remember; we're talking about the documentation of a Unix shell.
> I've used texinfo a few times and do not like the interface. One tends to
> hit the return key to move down lines. Well, that can't be done in texinfo
> help files (at least that is the way it used to be, is it still that way?).
You can always press `1 C-v', if you use Emacs. RET is used to follow
> In any event one can argue about the best way for both systems. I personally
> prefer a physical copy of a manual.
It's quite easy to print out the Texinfo manuals. Thus we can have it
both ways -- you will have a nice, printed copy, and we'll be able to
browse it online.
Hrvoje Niksic <hniksic@xxxxxxx> | Student at FER Zagreb, Croatia
Ask not for whom the <CONTROL-G> tolls.
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