Andreas Roehler <andreas.roehler(a)online.de> writes:
as you told, ELBB now runs as a kind of org-mode.
More precisely: org-mode is the major mode in which you can edit
ELBB content within Emacs.
That makes things slightly more difficult. Will it pay?
I think so. It already paid for Worg, there are now many contributors,
Worg's documentation is well formatted and rich. See:
Does org-mode offer something, which might outweigh
necessity to learn that format?
Org-mode is famous for being very easy to learn. Actually, it is so
easy and useful that non-emacs users are coming to Emacs thanks to Org.
The real barrier is to learn the basics about git (or dVCS in general).
Which means my grand-mother cannot send patches to ELBB. But AFAIK my
grand-mother is not using Emacs anyway, and she doesn't contribute to
its community-based documentation.
Sure, it isn't that much; but let's think at the
(wo)man writing, having quite other things in mind then
learning special formatting lessons; that's already an
issue with wikis.
Yes - and wikis are already functionning quite well for specific
The idea being ELBB is to have a public portable database of Emacs-lisp
code and documentation. Portable means that anyone can read it offline
locally on his computer, public means that anyone can host a mirror and
There are many advantages to this.
For example, since ELBB is mere text and you have a local copy, you can
grep among all the code contributions and fetch for something you want.
Since ELBB contains elisp code you can simply add
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/git/elbb/code")
to your .emacs.el and have all the code contributions available in
Another idea: there is a code/ directory: someone can write a script
that goes through code/, fetch all the commands, and update the file
"command.org" in org (TBA) so that this page always reflects the last
ELBB was conceived just to drop a note for others,
without much regard for it.
I think emacswiki is good for that - and will always be.
I think ELBB can be useful for other stuff. I don't know all of them.
OTOH, if it pays it pays. Just wanted to put the
question at the table.
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