[Doc-SIG] Python docs in reST
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
fdrake at acm.org
Thu May 26 23:45:50 CEST 2005
On Thursday 26 May 2005 17:10, Skip Montanaro wrote:
> I'm not convinced we actually need to change markup systems either. My
> suggestion that perhaps migrating to reST was motivated by:
> * my dread (real or imagined) that trying to coax different output
> from latex2html would be a big PITA
LaTeX2HTML can be a pain to extend, but it's doable, and we generally don't
need to do much that isn't Python-specific. When we do, it's generally
because we want to make it easier to affect the presentation in a systematic
and cross-browser way (rather than rely on advanced CSS implementations).
> * a perhaps invalid assumption that reST-as-input would generate more
> documentation contributions based upon the occasional comment I've
> seen over the years that (paraphrasing), "I can't contribute - I
> don't know how to use LaTeX."
That comes from people looking for excuses; most people who ask for ways to
contribute don't follow up, and I'm very careful to point out that the use of
LaTeX is not required.
> I'm personally comfortable with LaTeX. Fred has yet to complain about my
> markup errors, so if we can find other ways to address the above
> problems/perceptions, I'd actually be happy to keep LaTeX.
I think most of the actually limitations of LaTeX aren't that important. If
we could make a few changes, it would be nice, but there isn't anything
pressing that needs to be changed. There are enough things that we simply
don't yet deal with.
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>
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