[erlang-questions] erlang api documentation

Serge Aleynikov <>
Thu Oct 25 14:27:59 CEST 2007

This would be very useful indeed.  I can suggest the following 
JavaScript library that significantly simplifies implementation many of 
the tasks you mentioned below:  http://www.jquery.com.

This library solves most of cross-browser compatibility issues, gives 
numerous higher order functions (filter, map, etc.), has built-in 
methods for exploring the DOM model using XPath and similar access 
methods, and much more.  It only requires inclusion of a reference to a 
single JavaScript file.

And here's a nice site for fast access to jquery documentation:



Kenneth Lundin wrote:
> Hi again
> I have plans to improve the doc's in the direction you ask for.
> I am also considering using Javascript in a similar way as used in the
> previously
> mentioned http://gotapi.com.
> But I think it is still a requirement that the doc's can be downloaded
> and browsed
> locally without the need for having a web-server running. I think it
> would be ok to
> require a browser with javascript capabilities (we already require
> javascript when it
> comes to links between applications)
> The suggested approach in summary:
> - Stop using frames, Use CSS instead for the layout
> - Nicer fonts
> - Use Javascript to achieve expandable tree view navigation to the left
> - Search as you type support (also with Javascript) similar as gotapi.com
> ...
> Any comments on this approach?
> /Kenneth Erlang/OTP team at Ericsson
> On 10/24/07, Frank Blecha <> wrote:
>> Ah, apologies for not being more specific.  I've been a Java programmer for
>> last 10 years, and so I was asking specificaly about documentation that was
>> more like Sun produces (or even the Ruby docs).  For example, it's nice to
>> have a link to all the methods at the top of the class/module instead of
>> scrolling down etc.
>> I have been able to find answers to my questions via the api, I just want to
>> find them faster.
>> Thanks.
>> - Frank
>> On 10/24/07, Kenneth Lundin <> wrote:
>>> Hi Frank,
>>> Please explain what you mean with "hyper linked" version and why you don't
>> as it
>>> seems, think that the available documentation on erlang.org
>>> http://erlang.org/doc/
>>> is hyperlinked?
>>> We are well aware of that the html format is not modern and that it
>>> would be good with better search facilities but I don't know if that
>>> is what you are after.
>>> /Kenneth Erlang/OTP team at Ericsson
>>> On 10/24/07, Frank Blecha <> wrote:
>>>> Is there a hyper linked version out there somewhere?  I have been using
>> the
>>>> module docs from erlang.org, but a linked version would be a bit
>> handier.
>>>> Thanks.
>>>> - Frank
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