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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: reorg of core.html
Date Mon, 09 Oct 2000 15:52:01 GMT

On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Raymond S Brand wrote:

> Its nice but please keep the alphabetical index also.

Raymond, don't take this the wrong way, but every contribution that I have
seen you make to this list so far has been a conservative one.  Several
times when I have proposed to remove something and replace it with
something better, you have proposed keeping both.  This is certainly a
valid opinion, and I appreciate your feedback.  However, you should
realize that the end result of doing this will be an ugly, hard to to
maintain, and not very useful set of documents.  My experience in clear
and effective writing is that what you remove is probably *more* important
than what you leave in.

I have several objections to leaving in the alphabetical listing:

1. It is superfluous.  Anyone looking for a particular directive by name
should be doing so in directives.html which is alphabetical.

2. It will add extra maintenance, and an extra listing which will tend to
get out of sync.  I have already been troubled by the dual modules indexes
which have been a pain to maintain over their limited life.

3. It will make the file itself ugly and hard to use.  Which should go
first?  If the alphabetic index goes first, then "browsers" will never
find the new index.  If the new index goes first, then we have lost any
benefit to the alphabetic index, since it will be harder to find and use
then the directives.html file.

Just my opinion, of course.  If you have an argument for keeping the
alphabetic index that I have not addressed here, I would be very glad to
here it.


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