The synopsis drawer

Thomas Schilling nominolo at
Tue Aug 3 19:57:57 EDT 2010

On 4 August 2010 00:26, Mark Lentczner <markl at> wrote:
> So, it seems that we don't have a clear idea of what to do about the synopsis drawer. Our options are:
>  1) Nuke it
>  2) Keep it as it is now
>  3) Keep it, but graphically de-emphasise the tab (but not to the previous "subtle" yellow strip)
>  4) Drop the drawer and go back to the classic style (actually, none of us like this one, I think)
> Further, if we're keeping it, then what style?
>  1) type signatures or just names or some shortened type signature
>  2) include contents headings or no
>  3) document order or alphabetize (!?)
> I'm kind of in favor of keeping it, and with the current type-signature form. I don't particularly like the way all that text looks - but I admit that I use the synopsis in the current Haddock all the time.
> That said, perhaps we should ask our constituents. I could put together a few examples and a survey and put it out to haskell-cafe. Are we willing to live by the wisdom of the commons? If so, I can put that together in a day or so. Or should we just decide.

No, I agree with Johan that it deserves some more input from the
community.  In order to encourage constructive comments we should also
ask people for how they currently use the synopsis.

I think what bothers me most about the current synopsis is that it
doesn't have any structure.  Maybe it should include the headlines (in
a smaller font) like in the mini-page, but also include type

/ Thomas

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