> The "Getting Started With JASSPA MicroEmacs" is wonderful!
I think wonderful is a little strong, but it is a start.
Glad it was useful.
Comments on how it may be improved are always welcomed.
> It sure would be nice to have the contents of the ME Help file in a PDF
> or some other form that allows printing the whole document.
PDF would be nice.
I'm halfway though moving to docbook/SGML (well I was 6 month ago), the idea being to
generate PDF, HTML and me-on-line help from a single document source. Sounds good, but this
was stalled when the docbook conversion blew up with the number of pages it had to process
and I've been in two minds as to what to do next. There is a plan but I've not managed to
put all of the tools together to do what I want just yet and it has kind of stalled (also
the documentation takes soooooo much time).
As a temporary stop gap the "Getting Started" was authored in LaTeX as a stand alone
document, but this is not a good interchange format for the on-line ME help which is always
required. As typesetting goes LaTeX is very good and can manage huge documents.
So we cannot really deliver what you want at the moment (to my mind a version that is not
hyper linked is not that useful either). Detlef (http://www.miocroemacs.de)
used to have a
hyper linked PDF version, but I just had a look and it is not there - not sure how he
generated it. I've just posted this on the JASSPA site (find on documentation page called
me2002.pdf). However I do not think you want to print this out as it is 1900 pages long and
out of date - but have posted it in case it is useful.
The plan is to complete the SGML move and ...
a) Generate a good PDF document with richer content than the current documents which is both
fully hyper linked and printable. The richer format would allow us to include more
descriptive text (much like the "Getting Started") in addition to the drier reference pages.
b) Ditch winhelp in favor of PDF.
c) Generate the on-line help from the SGML sources.
d) Generate hyper linked HTML from the SGML sources.
e) Losslessly condense the reference pages for the printable format.
At the moment this all seems to be along way away off because of our tooling to deal with
the SGML format in terms of indexing, cross referencing and authoring. A pre-requisite is
that it has to be built by Make(1) and can be dealt with in small fragments, stuck together
and auto indexed - something like Word is out of the question.
So we know what you want, we want it ourselves, but have not managed to find a good way to
produce it yet - sorry.