[fpc-devel] FPC 2.2 online documentation problem

Schindler Karl-Michael karl-michael.schindler at physik.uni-halle.de
Wed Sep 5 10:54:14 CEST 2007


Am 5. Sep 2007 um 10:44 schrieb Michael Van Canneyt:

> On Wed, 5 Sep 2007, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
>> Hi
>> Looking at the online documentation at:
>>   http://www.freepascal.org/docs-html/prog/prog.html
>> The html navigation seems to be broken. I remember a few months back
>> someone also raised such a issue and was under the impression it was
>> fixed.  Is this a recurring problem or was the original issue never
>> fixed?
> [cut]
> No idea.
> It seems that the tex4ht conversion is not very good after all :/

hm, as I said. When I tried it locally, the result was perfect.  
Maybe, it is simply a question of the tex4ht version. I am too busy  
these days, to look further into it, but in about 10 days time, I can  
have another look at it.

>> Michael, I'm not dissing your documentation efforts. :)  The content
>> is great.  I just think the LaTeX to HTML conversion has some major
>> issues?  DocBook HTML navigation seems to be much simpler.  Isn't
>> there a LaTeX to DocBook to HTML path we could follow?  Or use a
>> different LaTeX to HTML converter?
> In the beginning we used latex2html. The problem is that the  
> documentation
> is simply too big. It takes days to convert (what do you expect  
> from a perl
> program...) so we switched to tex4ht.
> Personally, I would drop the HTML support completely and simply  
> provide
> PDF for the manuals. I must spend far too much time on it. And unless
> someone takes over the conversion effort, this probably is what will
> happen.
> Note that I do not propose to drop HTML support for the unit reference
> guides; The HTML support of fpdoc is not under question.
> Michael.

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