[Python-Dev] The docs, reloaded

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Tue May 22 17:14:11 CEST 2007

Armin Ronacher schrieb:
>> That, and the ability to already parse it from Python and more easily
>> convert to other formats (one of LaTeX's weaknesses), are the only
>> benefits that I can see to switching away from LaTeX.  I have to admit
>> I'm afraid we would be moving to a lesser technology, and the driver
>> for that seems to be people's reluctance to work with the more
>> powerful, more complex tool.  Not saying it is invalid (it's about
>> people, in the end), but I still don't see what's the big problem with
>> LaTeX.
> The problem with latex is that it requires more knowledge thus the amount of
> people that can contribute is a lot lower. It's a lot harder to generate a
> searchindex, do interlinking, generate a dynamic documentation with comments etc.

This could of course be done with LaTeX as well, but the current toolchain uses
latex2html which is written and customized in Perl -- I'd never try to do
anything with it.

> Don't get me wrong, LaTeX is a powerful tool and I use it for every bigger
> document i type. I just think it's not the best choice for documenting scripting
> languages.

Who's documenting a scripting language?


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