Re: About the Gnome Help browser
- From: Russell Nelson <nelson crynwr com>
- To: gnome-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: About the Gnome Help browser
- Date: 25 Feb 1998 03:55:12 -0000
Marc Ewing writes:
> It can be. I think you are misreading things. We will have man:
> and info: (as well as others). The question is only how they will be
> implemented underneath.
Maybe treat it like a networking stack? At the bottom layer you'll
have methods for fetching via ftp, fsp, http, and files. Next layer
up will do macro substitutions (info: becomes file:/usr/info, man:
becomes file:/usr/man, searching MANPATH as needed), calls the right
transfer method code, and manufactures a MIME type if the transfer
method didn't give you one (e.g. text/nroff for a man page, or runs
/usr/bin/file for a file, and/or examines the extension).
And maybe the layer above that searches all the known system
documentation? Or maybe that should be a transfer method:
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