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Re: Help engine/file format (was CD-based distribution...)
- To: gnu-win32 at cygnus dot com
- Subject: Re: Help engine/file format (was CD-based distribution...)
- From: "Stephen L Arnold" <sarnold at coyote dot rain dot org>
- Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 18:46:56 -0700
- Organization: Huh?
- Reply-to: sarnold at earthling dot net
On 17 Aug 98, Jeff Sturm wrote:
> HTML help files are a good idea provided the user has a decent browser
> installed (probably nearly all desktops these days). Plenty of tools
> exist to convert man and tekinfo files to HTML (I assume).
> One problem using static files for help is the lack of a search
> facility. I've heard Microsoft has done something for Win98, but that
> won't help us since the GNU-win32 distribution is targetting Win95/NT too.
> Maybe someone can build a help engine based on Apache though...
> Marcus Brown wrote:
> > An Idea,
> > How about using HTML Help as opposed to .info/man files? This is an
> > up'n'coming help system that seems to be gaining a lot of ground, just a
> > suggestion...
> > Jeff Sturm wrote:
> > >The 'man' command should be included. What about HTML, or (ick)
> > Windows
> > >.hlp files?
It would be nice if the man command came with the base distribution
(or EGCS). Or better still, a win32 X-man type shell with a
command list, search features,etc.
Unless you have the latest PII, K6, etc, most current browsers are
slow (piggish), and it seems like Apache would have to be trimmed
down quite a bit.
(I'm not much of a coder myself, yet, so I love throwing this stuff
out) <grin> How about text files with an interface to select
available help files and use grep to search with? It's faster than
you might think, even on *lots* of files. It could even be
configurable for multiple file formats (using a lynx base for the
I've got a win32GUI plus the GNU grep source (GPL'd, of course). I
can't do much myself yet, as I just had my first (beginning) C
class last night. Would any real coders out there like to take a
stab at it? If you're not up to it, just say so... ;-}
Just my way of saying Hi to the list.
Steve Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org
Fatal error: MS Windows detected, deleting DOS partition...
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