[fpc-devel] Determin file size - how?y

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Fri Dec 16 12:42:26 CET 2011

In our previous episode, Michael Van Canneyt said:
> > A search on "file handling" in rtl.chm returns a list of near 100 hits, some 
> > of which are really procedures. RenameFile is missing from that list, instead 
> > it contains many "Reference for unit ..." entries.
> I can't comment on the quality of the search engine in CHM.

It's fine, but like most built-in engines it is not google. It doesn't have a rating
system, or anything else that builds up experience to rank hits.

Thus you probably won't find general phrases like "file handling" if there
are no exact matches.

The said problems are not problems with CHM, but simply very shallow and
arbitrary tests.

That doesn't mean that the CHM can't be improved (e.g. by putting more
metadata in the fpdoc format so that fpdoc can use it in the various formats
generation), but if you want to find problems or make comparisons with
Google, you will always find problems.
A possible solution would be to make the entry (home) page an overview page
that provides links to "unit list" (the current homepage), and e.g. a page
with overviews like for stringhandling and filehandling.

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