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There would be a number of benefits if GHC's parser were extended to understand the Haddock documentation markup and then Haddock changed to use the GHC API:

  • Haddock would get full supprot for GHC's various syntactic extensions.
  • Haddock would understand {#- LINE -#} pragmas which would allow it to generate links to the original source code.
  • Haddock would get much better error messages.
  • Haddock could infer types for functions with no explicit type signature.
  • GHCi and IDEs like hIDE and Visual Haskell would be able to display API documentation in more convenient ways like in this Haste screenshot:

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It would be good to have a recursive flag that would operate on all the .hs and .lhs files under a single directory.