Re: [htdig3-dev] Current Status as of snapshot 3.2.0b1-020600

Subject: Re: [htdig3-dev] Current Status as of snapshot 3.2.0b1-020600
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Mon Feb 07 2000 - 13:46:54 PST

According to Geoff Hutchison:
> At 8:03 AM +0000 2/6/00, wrote:
> >* Should the various translate_* attributes be retired?
> >* Should we generate documentation for attributes that have been removed?
> > (e.g. word_list, modification_time_is_now, etc.)
> OK, this should be an easy one to clean up--I think we should kill
> off the translate_* bunch because htsearch now does the re-coding
> before displaying results.

No arguments here.

> I'm less sure what we should do for attributes we've removed. I'm
> inclined to say that the documentation on the website represents the
> latest version and if you want the documentation for your version,
> you already have it in htdoc/*.html

I agree. Isn't that the way it's always been, or is this the first time
we kill off any attributes? However, the website should reflect the
latest STABLE release, so killing off attributes in the beta release
shouldn't pose a problem until 3.2 is stable. By then, I don't think
we'll be supporting or recommending 3.1.4 to anyone, so the loss of
defunct attributes in maindocs shouldn't matter, and would be no more
confusing to users of old versions than the addition of new attributes.

> Are there any other attributes which are (or should) be defunct in
> the next release? Since word_list isn't used in the code, I think it
> should go, unless we want to change word_dump to word_list (they have
> remarkably similar function). I'm also wondering if we shouldn't kill
> pdf_parser?

I'd be in favor of killing pdf_parser, but it would be nice to have
an acro2text utility to convert acroread's PS output to plain text, as did, so that if anyone is still set on using acroread, they'll
be able to do so through an external converter.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
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