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Re: Using eww as browser for Emacs internals and documentation

From: T.V Raman
Subject: Re: Using eww as browser for Emacs internals and documentation
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2020 08:43:43 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Lars Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> writes:

1+. Also the proposed "new" approach would require reinventing many
wheels that emacs already has --  and as Lars points out, the already
existing emacs means for doing this are already better.
>> Web browsers support the officially registered URI scheme 'about'
>> to reveal internal state and built-in functions:
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_URI_scheme
>> There is one 'about' URI, namely 'about:protocols'
>> already implemented in Emacs in lisp/url/url-about.el
>> Then why not to support more 'about' URIs like:
>> about:memory - with data returned from 'garbage-collect'
>> about:processes
>> about:timers
>> about:buffers
>> etc.
> Web browsers support this sort of thing because that's a nice ad-hoc way
> to display data that you don't want to have in the menus.
> I don't see why Emacs should emulate that odd approach to hiding
> information, especially since Emacs already has commands to display all
> this data in a sensible manner.  Like I said, `M-x list-timers' will
> always be better (for the users) than dumping some data into HTML and
> letting shr render it.


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