[clug] info to html script

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at svana.org
Wed Jun 18 23:07:33 EST 2003

On Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 09:37:20PM +1000, Nemo -earth native- wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 08:57:45PM +1000, Martijn van Oosterhout did utter:
> > 
> > 1. Can't cut and paste (mouse has been taken for clicking links)
> shift-mouse should work though. 

Thanks. That's not even mentioned on the man page. How did you find that

> > 2. No help inside the program
> It shouldn't need it. the idea of a help program that fails obviousness
> tests enough thatit needs it's own help... just doesn't sit well with
> me.

Er, *no* program is obvious enough to skip online help. What's the find-next
command, that's not even on the man page. Just imagine if it was rebound in
the config file, you'd have no hope. There doesn't appear to be a reverse
search either. Just needs a little work.

> > 3. No multi-page i-search (info has it, emacs doesn't)
> Never needed it. 
> I guess I just don't ask as much from my interactive documentation ;)

My main access to info is for exim. The documentation is vast, being able to
type <C-s>[word] and then keep pressing C-s to cycle through all the
mentions of the word in the entire info document is very useful. Other than
scroll up/down and forward/reverse search, I don't understand much about how
info navigates.

> > pinfo is a step forward, but it's still very frustrating.
> I tend to type `man foo` from habit... but when I think about it, I tend
> to use pinfo by preference - it'll nicely use hte manpage and hyperlink
> manpages there too if the info doco cannot be found. (-m to make it use
> the manpage regardless)

For manpages it seems to be quite useful, I must remember that. For newbies,
something like info2www is much easier to use.

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> "the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or
> religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.
> Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
>   - Samuel P. Huntington
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