[fpc-devel] "fpc -h" and "fpc -i"
XHajT03 at hajny.biz
Sat Nov 8 11:36:58 CET 2014
On 8 Nov 14, at 12:15, Juha Manninen wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 1:13 AM, Tomas Hajny <XHajT03 at hajny.biz> wrote:
> > If you mean that FPC itself should use a JSON file for generating the
> > help, that doesn't sound like a good idea to me (see below).
> I think it is a good idea if only somebody implemented it. It is not a
> trivial thing to implement of course.
> It seems Dmitry is not working towards a patch either so very likely
> this will never happen.
> Anyway, the JSON records and structure would contain info about FPC
> targets, usefulnes in an external (Lazarus) GUI, type of selection
> (single/multi select), links to section lists etc., all in a parser
> friendly way.
> A JSON parser in FPC itself would generated "fpc -h" and "fpc -i"
> outputs when requested, but external programs (like Lazarus) could get
> the JSON data with "fpc -hj" or something.
> Yes, it is a good idea!
I don't think that it's a good idea because it would make
translations more difficult than they are now and support for
translations is the primary goal of the message files.
Also, all message files would need to preserve the same metadata
which should be added according to your suggestion, etc. However, FPC
itself couldn't use this metadata directly anyway most likely,
because it needs more logic for processing these options which
probably wouldn't fit in the metadata anyway. From this point of
view, storing the "metadata" in a separate file is probably a better
option. We could add such "metadata" file (needed for Lazarus but
possibly useful to other GUIs as well) to FPC and provide means for
checking the consistency with the message file (similar to the
msgdiff tool), of course - but that would need to be based on some
> I have created issues
> (as Tomas noticed.)
Indeed. :-) I've already started looking at the second one. I may
have a look at the first one as well if I find enough information
about meaning of the missing options easily (otherwise I'll leave it
to someone else knowing more about them).
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