Subject: Re: Why not GNU Texinfo 4.0?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Masao Uebayashi <email@example.com>
Date: 04/13/2001 00:38:52
> Is there any obvious reason that we are using so old version 3.12?
Here's what's new in 4.0 from 3.21 (from 'NEWS' file in GNU Texinfo
> 4.0 (28 September 1999)
> * Language:
> . New command @anchor for cross references to arbitrary points.
> . New commands @documentlanguage sets the main document language,
> and @documentencoding sets the document input encoding (although not
> much is done yet with either).
> . New command @pagesizes allows limited control of text area for typesetting.
> . New command @acronym for abbreviations in all caps, such as `NASA'.
> . New command @alias for simple command aliases.
> . New command @definfoenclose for better control of info output.
> . New commands @deftypeivar for typed instance variables of a class
> and @deftypeop for typed operations of a class.
> . New command @novalidate suppresses cross-reference checking and (in
> TeX) auxiliary file creation.
> . New commands @setcontentsaftertitlepage and
> @setshortcontentsaftertitlepage to force printing the table of
> contents after @end titlepage. Also, @contents and @shortcontents
> themselves can now appear at the beginning of the document as
> well as the end.
> . New markup commands: @env (for environment variables), @command (for
> command names), @option (for command-line options).
> . New commands @smallformat and @smalldisplay, a la @smallexample.
> . New command @exampleindent to set indentation of example-like
> environments a la @paragraphindent.
> . @uref takes an optional third argument of text to show instead of
> (rather than in addition to) the url for info and dvi output.
> . @footnote works in an @item for a @table.
> * texinfo.tex:
> . latest version always at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo.tex (and mirrors).
> . implements @macro.
> . implements @paragraphindent (except asis).
> . @emph and @i use true italic type (cmti) instead of slanted (cmsl).
> . implements pdf output when run with pdftex.
> . better support for internationalization via txi-??.tex files.
> * makeinfo:
> . supports HTML output with the --html option.
> . implication of --html: @top nodes should be wrapped in @ifnottex
> rather than @ifinfo. @ifinfo conditionals are not expanded with --html.
> . new option --number-sections to output chapter/section numbers.
> . dashes and quotes are not treated specially in node names.
> . new option --commands-in-node-names to allow @-commands in node names.
> (Not implemented in TeX, and most likely never will be.)
> . @emph output uses _underscores_.
> . @image looks for .png files before .jpg.
> . only output `Making ... file' line when verbose.
> . allow -v as synonym for --verbose.
> . new command line options to specify which conditionals to process
> (but --iftex is not fully implemented).
> . warns if @var contains any of ,().
> . @quote-arg implicitly done for all one-argument macros, so commas in
> the argument text are allowed.
> . \\ required in macro body to get single \, no other `escapes' defined.
> * info:
> . ISO Latin 1 characters are displayed and input as-is by default.
> . new option --vi-keys to enable vi-like and less-like key bindings.
> . new command S does case-sensitive searching.
> . new commands C-x n and C-x N repeat last search, respectively, in the
> same and in reverse direction, without prompting for the string. These
> commands are bound to n and N under --vi-keys, like in Less.
> . new command G menu1 menu2 ... searches for menu items from (dir),
> as allowed on the command line.
> . new command O (capital o, not zero) goes directly to the node that
> describes command-line options.
> . new command-line option --show-options causes the node which
> describes command-line options to be the first node displayed.
> . M-prior and M-DEL do new command info-scroll-other-window-backward.
> . / searches like s does.
> . If the search string includes upper-case letters, in both incremental
> and non-incremental search, the search is case-sensitive.
> . S searches case-sensitively even if the search string is all
> . - makes the argument negative (so e.g. `- /' searches backward).
> . l restores point in the window returned to.
> . SPC/DEL do not move outside the current document.
> . foo.info is found before foo.
> . `info foo --index-search=bar' now searches for bar in foo's index.
> . support for files compressed with bzip2.
> * install-info:
> . handles gzipped dir files.
> . sort entries into alphabetical order.
> . install direntries only in preceding dircategory, not in all.
> . --delete does not require the info file to exist.
> . --delete can handle XEmacs-style dir entries.
> * texi2dvi:
> . bug fixed: now uses only the @iftex and @tex parts of the source.
> . process LaTeX source as well as Texinfo source.
> . output PDF (using pdftex) with new option --pdf.
> . handles --OPTION=ARG style of command line arguments.
> . new option --batch for progress reports but no interaction.
> . new option --clean to remove all auxiliary files.
> . new option --quiet for silence (unless there are errors).
> . new option -I for specifying directories for @include to search.
> . handles LaTeX files (running BibTeX etc.).
> * Fixes to util/gen-dir-node and util/fix-info-dir (formerly util/update-info).
> * Distribution:
> . Man pages included.
> . Czech and Norwegian message translations.
> . Various translations for texinfo.tex fixed words included.
> . DJGPP support.
Masao Uebayashi <firstname.lastname@example.org> --- We like raw eggs.