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[REBOL] Re: Index Needed In Rebol Users Guide

From: carl:cybercraft at: 13-Jan-2002 20:16

On 13-Jan-02, Dr. Louis A. Turk wrote:
> Carl, > I'm glad you brought this up. One of the biggest aggravations in > trying to learn rebol is not having an index in the printed User > Guide. A really good index is vital in my opinion. I have to bring > up an on-line version and run a search. That works fine if I am at > my computer, but I learn best relaxing in a nice overstuffed chair > with my feet up. I strongly hope the need edition of the users guide > will have a good index.
I've thought of writing a script to parse the HTML version of the guide and somehow generate an index from that, but I'm sure it's a lot easier to say than do, and how you'd get the book's page numbers from the HTML version I wouldn't know - perhaps you'd have to take the PDF version into account as well. Would be an interesting exercise, but I would've much prefered to just spend a few extra dollars for a book with an index.
> It would also be fine with me for the manual to be set in slightly > smaller type so that sample scripts don't have to be split across > pages. But then I have good eyes for seeing up close. Other's might > not like this. But I think everyone would like to have a really good > (complete) index. > By the way does anyone know when the next edition will be coming > out?
The last mention on this list from RT that I can remember was that they were typing as fast as they could on a View guide, but that was many, many (full) moons ago. I assume it'll appear after the next View makes an appearance. (But please don't ask when that'll be:)
> Louis > At 11:47 AM 1/11/2002 +1200, you wrote: >> The few experiments I did seemed to indicate you'd save about 1 >> line in ten. I wonder how much shorter it would've made the Core >> User Guide? Save enough pages to give it an index with no extra >> cost perhaps? (;
-- Carl Read