[Haskell-cafe] ANNOUNCE: Haddock version 2.8.0

Mark Lentczner markl at glyphic.com
Sat Sep 4 19:27:55 EDT 2010

We all seem to understand that there are a complex of issues surrounding the HTML and XHTML dialects, doc types, MIME Types, and file extensions. It is a tangle of intentions and compatibility issues, and one where experts and standards writers admit to practical compromises, which at times are even contradictory.

The choice to generate Haddock output as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and Frames, stored into files with an extension of .html, and that would likely be served as text/html, was mine and I did so with review of current best practices. The output Haddock now generates renders correctly and consistently in all browses in use by the Haskell community (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE 6, IE 7, and IE 8), the Javascript is handled properly, and with one minor exception[1] it validates as served by the W3C.

The main aim of the work was achieved: Being able to restyle the output with clear, "semantic" CSS, and do so in a way that works in all browsers, and all serving environments. If there is a particular issue that is causing the documentation generated to not be usable, please let me know.

	- Mark

[1] John Milliken caught that anchor identifiers for groups didn't validate, though they did work in every browser. The fix is already coded and pushed to the development repo. The sample pages on my site updated. You can check the validation with:

This fix isn't crucial, and so I've recommended that we not produce a Haddock point release just for this.

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