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From: andrew clarke (3:633/267)
To: All
Date: Tue, 16.02.21 06:23
Future of web site
15 Feb 21 13:21, you wrote to me:

ac>> I've uploaded an unofficial(*) repo here:


AA> That is very nice! The search is wonderful. It even seems to
AA> do boolean searches.

Yes, "Advanced search" is great.

AA> It found "^apath" in all 8 documents. The search
AA> found none; I had to enter "apath" without the caret to get the
AA> a positive search.

AA> But a nice feature of the search is that it lists the
AA> titles of the documents next to the doc number in the results
AA> list.

AA> Can github be adjusted to do the same?

Probably not without renaming the files to include titles, which obviously
isn't practical.

ac>> (*) I am not an FTSC member

AA> Thanks for the initiative of the github thing.

AA> Is there a similar (and free) thing that is designed for
AA> managing document versions? (and not one that is designed for
AA> code?Wink

Google Docs can do versioning but it's clunky.

Git can handle binaries but "git diff" won't show you much for non-text
documents, only that a file has changed:

$ git diff
diff --git a/foobar.pdf b/foobar.pdf
index f5d671a..82ac402 100644
Binary files a/foobar.pdf and b/foobar.pdf differ

Conceivably a web site like GitHub could hook into the "diff" part to display
something more useful, but a common alternative is to write your documents in
MarkDown (which is basically just plain text with benefits). Then you only
export to HTML/PDF when you need to. I use Pandoc for that.

Obviously Markdown is not going to work for spreadsheets or graphics. Though
I'm not sure how you'd represent "diff" of a spreadsheet or a graphics file
anyway. Smile

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