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[Axiom-developer] navigating Axiom's library

From: Bill Page
Subject: [Axiom-developer] navigating Axiom's library
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 22:20:00 -0500

On December 7, 2005 4:34 PM Martin Rubey wrote:
> Bill Page writes:
> ... we have to think about the best ways to "navigate"
> quickly and easily through such a large complex structures
> as the Axiom algebra library. 
> HyperDoc does this very well. Unfortunately, HyperDoc <>
> MathAction <> ALLPROSE. But it should be.
> ...

I have mentioned before that I do not find HyperDoc particularly
useful. Every time I sit down to use it I get a bad case of
"browser shock". Also it seems to me to be too unstable (i.e.
crashes too often) to let me gain much confidence in it's user
interface. So I do badly want to see HyperDoc's features
re-packaged with a standard web browser interface.

The idea of being able to navigate through the Axiom database
(daase files) easily is a very good one. In principle this
could be implemented quite easily on MathAction by loading
the contents of the daase files into a Zope data structure and
then writing some methods to query and browse this online.

Or this could be through another auxiliary server interface
in the manner of AxiomUI. In this case writing a Lisp-based
web application is certainly possible.

In either case, what we need is for some new developer to
come along who wants to tackle this - maybe this is a good
candidate for a bounty award?

Bill Page.

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