Am Die, 2003-07-22 um 21.57 schrieb David Neary: > Actually, I'm not sure I see the benefits in not having html as > the primary format... Sure, we could go for a format which allows > multi-node searching (like info only better), but html docs would > have the added benefit of not needing to be local and still being > usable.
What do you mean by "not needing to be local"? The problem is exactly that the filenames have to be known in advance so we can link to them; this means that for HTML the files have to be in a known place (defined at compile time) and there has to be a mapping. > And the user gets to choose what help client they use. There's no problem at all using a normal browser to read the full docs in HTML format. It simply doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me trying to remote control a browser to feed it with correct links while at the same time having the problems that - a webbrowser is by design not the optimal tool to view online help while working with the application - a webbrowser cannot provide fulltext search over all documentation since it doesn't see the whole text at once > I'm not saying that a custom help browser is a waste of time - > but do we have the time to do it? Surely starting with docbook or > whatever and marking it up to html, with the possibility of doing > funkier stuff later, allows us to have something, quickly? That's exactly my point. Sorry to be negative here but I have the very strong feeling that we will not get gimp-help-2 into adequate shape until the projected date of release of GIMP 2.0 and as such it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me to bend over trying to somehow get the transformation and the help-browser in place because it's a waste of precious time when not knowing that it'll be used for a longer period of time. The explanation I proviced about displaying HTML instead of DocBook directly (still just for the online help!) should show why this an inferior solution. I've a few more points in case someone wants to discuss it over, but for me there's no point in supporting a quick hack instead of a proper long term solution which the HTML one simply cannot be, at least not in this form, and I haven't heard of a better one yet. -- Servus, Daniel
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