making python man pages looks hard

Magnus L. Hetland mlh at idt.ntnu.no
Fri Aug 20 22:17:33 CEST 1999


connolly at w3.org (Dan Connolly) writes:

> 
> The source format is LaTeX. Converting from LaTeX is hard/messy:

Well - the docs aren't in standard LaTeX, are they? According to
www.python.org/doc/doc:

  "With almost no basic TeX or LaTeX markup in use, [...] the markup
  syntax is about the only evidence of LaTeX in the actual document
  sources."

Since the format seems to be clearly and simply defined, it shouldn't
be *that* difficult... Anyway - a transition to XML seems to be on its
way, which will make all this trivial. (Actually, it wouldn't be that
hard to go from the HTML versions either, I guess, with a little
imagination. My point is - there is no reason to be spooked by the
complexity of LaTeX here...)

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  Lie          The firefly is still sadder / Than the moaning insect
  Hetland                                       : Minamoto Shigeyuki




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