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SubjectRe: Linux 2.2.11pre4
Hi Linus.

>>> I wouldn't know, because it's not documented in the man-page due
>>> to the silly FSF hatred towards man-pages and being easy to use.

>> Heh. The obvious solution has always seemed to me that man(1)
>> should be taught about info files.

> Why? The obvious solution has always appeared to be to just get
> rid of info files.

I do that automatically nowadays, since they're useless anyway.

> The "info" interface makes sense only to people who grok GNU
> emacs...

I'd be surprised if even those lusers can make sense of it.

> ...if you actually want to be user-friendly you either use "man"
> (because that's how everything else is documented and then you
> could actually just tell people to use man everywhere) or you
> use HTML (because that's a _useful_ format that even
> non-emacsheads can understand).

The problem with HTML is that it's becoming less and less standard as
Micro$oft keeps tweaking it. I would therefore say that if you wish to
use HTML for documentation, you should ensure that it looks decent
under any reasonable browser - and if the stuff being documented does
not require a graphics interface itself, that the HTML looks decent
when read using lynx !!!

Best wishes from Riley.

+----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| There is something frustrating about the quality and speed of Linux |
| development, ie., the quality is too high and the speed is too high, |
| in other words, I can implement this XXXX feature, but I bet someone |
| else has already done so and is just about to release their patch. |
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* ftp://ftp.MemAlpha.cx/pub/rhw/Linux
* http://www.MemAlpha.cx/kernel.versions.html

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