While trying to look-up a shortcut for man-pages in What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?,
I noticed that there is no such thing as a [man://] tag.
Although, I know that there are various flavours of Unix, it would be
convenient to point to a site such as http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi for
further reading. E.g. [man://env] ⇒ env could be linked to
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=env, which will present a default man-page for FreeBSD. There, the reader can select the same man-page for another Unix flavour if desired.
Potential variations could include (with env as an example):
- [man://env] ⇒ env
- look-up 'env' for any Unix (FreeBSD by default)
- [man://env(1)] ⇒ env(1)
- look-up 'env' in section (1) / note the
sektion=1 (not(!) section)
- [man1://env] ⇒ env(1)
- same: look-up 'env' in section (1) / analogue: man2, man3, etc.
- [man1://env|env (1) manpage] ⇒ env (1) manpage
- same but user defined text
- [man://env(SunOS 5.10)] ⇒ env (SunOS 5.10)
- specification of a distinct OS - could be challenging to implement reliably / note the
- [apropos://env] ⇒ (apropos) env
- don't know if that makes sense, but if [man://] is possible, [apropos://] is easy / note the
At least the [man://]
and [man1://] [man2://] ...
variants should be straightforward to implement.
The freebsd service
seems to exist for several years, so there is a little bit of confidence that it will be available in the future.
For Windows related references to the
MS Knowledge Base,
[mskb://] tag could
be useful. E.g. [mskb://245225] ⇒
MSKB 245225 being a link to
Analogue: [mskb://245225|HOW TO: Configure and Test a PERL Script with IIS 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0]
HOW TO: Configure and Test a PERL Script with IIS 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0.
I am not sure if linking to those sites might have some legal implications...
Update: NVP = Name/Value Pair, nowadays Attribute/Value Pair
Update2: samples highlighting the differences added; links for
Update3: Summary and update here.