[erlang-questions] texinfo

Pierpaolo Bernardi <>
Mon Jun 11 02:30:05 CEST 2007


On 6/10/07, Kenneth Lundin <> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> The source for the Erlang documentation is currently SGML and will soon be XML.
> When we have finished converting the sources to XML (which is really
> easy) we plan to release the doc source
> as Open Source together with the code (but probably in a separate package).

That's very good news. Thanks.

> I think that a well defined XML source should serve as a good starting point for
> many different purposes like online help in editors, nicer formatting etc.
> We already translate to LaTex for the pdf docs I don't know why texinfo would
> be an interesting format when we already have a formal markup with DTD's
> tailormade for the purpose. Please explain the benefits with texinfo.

Texinfo is interesting because it can be compiled to info files.

In my opinion, info files currently are the most easily browsable
and searchable form of documentation for emacs users.

Given well defined XML source files, should be an easy job to produce
the texinfo, and I'm sure someone will do this in a short time as soon
as the xml docs are released. (I'll certainly try this if I'm not preceded
by someone else).

Cheers
P.



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