[TUHS] man Macro Package and pdfmark

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Tue Feb 18 22:28:01 AEST 2020

Rich Morin <rdm at cfcl.com> wrote:

> Lately, I've been using the built-in documentation tools for Elixir,
> a functional programming language based on the Erlang VM and a lot
> of Ruby syntax.  I'm pleased to say that it's really quite pleasant.
> I create multi-line "attributes" using macros such as @doc.  These
> are encoded using Markdown, which isn't perfect but seems adequate.
> The results are converted into both HTML pages and interactive help
> text, with automagical indexing.

This sounds something like a poor man's version of Literate Programming,
invented by Donald Knuth for TeX et al.

That's another technology that I happen to like personally, but
which never became mainstream.  More's the pity (IMHO).

(I do know about Doug's review of DEK's program in the Programming
Pearls column. I think the problems there were not with Lit Prog
itself, but with how Knuth programs.  My own take on Literate Programming
can be seen at https://github.com/arnoldrobbins/texiwebjr.)

Yes, probably getting off topic, too.


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