[TUHS] Another "craft" discussion topic - mindless tool proliferation

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Sep 20 11:13:40 AEST 2017


On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 06:09:27PM -0700, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
> 
> > On Sep 19, 2017, at 6:02 PM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Put it on the web and move on.
> 
> My main gripe about that is that I can't read the web when the router I'm trying to install won't work, keeping me from the needed web documentation ...
> 
> *Please* write your documentation in a way that allows you to generate (useful, readable!) PDF documents that I can download for offline viewing.  Believe it or not, I don't haul along a 300 mile cat-5 cable when I go sailing.  I still like to write code on the boat.  So much for Go :-P
> 
> And $GOD help everyone in the Caribbean trying to bootstrap their infrastructure right now.  How is your https://... documentation going to help them out?

Dude, you are talking to the guy who wrote webroff, a tool that takes -ms
markup and puts on the web.  Our website was done in webroff for years and
you could take all the source and produce a pdf.

I'm with ya.  Where I get off the boat (heh) is texinfo, it was useful in
its time, it sucks now.  I actually prefer man pages to texinfo by a long
shot.


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