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    1 $Id: NEWS 7939 2017-08-27 09:53:33Z gavin $
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   14 
   15 6.5 (12 September 2017)
   16 * info:
   17   . some bugs fixed:
   18     . a bug where a segfault could happen in the regex search, for
   19       example when the user entered a single \ as the search string
   20     . another bug which could make nodes inaccessible in long "split"
   21       info files
   22     . a bug where it was not possible to follow a cross-reference
   23       that was split across more than one line has been fixed
   24   . do not fall back to a man page if following a cross-reference in an
   25     info file failed
   26   . if looking for a file failed, do not convert the name of a file to
   27     lower-case and look for it again
   28 
   29 * texinfo.tex
   30   . some faulty definitions for Unicode characters have been changed or
   31     removed
   32   . fix indentation in table of contents for entries that are split
   33     across multiple lines
   34 
   35 * texi2dvi
   36   . a bug that broke the processing of LaTeX files that did not
   37     use BibTeX has been fixed
   38 
   39 * texi2any
   40   . output the encoding declaration of a HTML file earlier so it
   41     will always occur within first 1024 bytes of file
   42   . `INLINE_INSERTCOPYING' removed as a customization variable
   43 
   44 
   45 6.4 (23 June 2017)
   46 * texi2any:
   47   . for HTML output, place section names before the manual in page
   48     titles, instead of after them, so it is easier to distinguish pages
   49     if titles are truncated
   50   . starting points for ordered lists beginning with 0 or a letter of
   51     the alphabet are output as attributes on the <ol> tag, as was
   52     case for Texinfo 4.13 and earlier
   53   . a bit faster
   54   . some discrepancies in paragraph formatting between Perl extension
   55     modules and interpreted Perl modules have been fixed
   56   . `MACRO_BODY_IGNORES_LEADING_SPACE' customization variable removed,
   57     and `indent_menu_descriptions' is no longer a possible value for
   58     `TREE_TRANSFORMATIONS' (as these features did not work as
   59     documented)
   60 
   61 * info:
   62   . the `up-line' and `down-line' commands now are like the other
   63     scrolling commands and are no longer confined to a single node
   64     (depending on the value of `scroll-behaviour')
   65   . supplying the --all option with --index-search displays a list
   66     of matching index entries
   67   . the style variables like `link-style' can now be set while info
   68     is running
   69   . display bug fixed where color could be turned off prematurely
   70   . several other bugs fixed
   71   . better portability in test suite
   72   . do not fall back to showing the dir node if a manual isn't found
   73   . Do not attempt any kind of conversion of CR LF line endings,
   74     except on MS-DOS/Windows, when it is done unconditionally.  (This 
   75     replaces a more complicated approach, where this conversion would 
   76     take place if there was a problem finding a node in a file.)  The 
   77     main effect of this change is that Info files with CR LF line 
   78     endings, which would have been produced on MS-DOS/Windows with old 
   79     versions of makeinfo, are only supported on such operating systems.
   80   . a few of the key bindings under --vi-keys have been changed for
   81     consistency or to match the documentation
   82 
   83 * texinfo.tex
   84   . a DVI file with a single empty page can be output again, which
   85     restores the behavior from Texinfo 6.0 and earlier
   86 
   87 * Distribution
   88   . autoconf 2.69, automake 1.15, gettext 0.19.8
   89 
   90 
   91 
   92 6.3 (10 September 2016)
   93 
   94 * Language:
   95   . The commands `@setcontentsaftertitlepage' and
   96     `@setshortcontentsaftertitlepage' have been removed.
   97   . @-commands are no longer supported within `@errormsg'.
   98 
   99 * texinfo.tex:
  100   . For a couple of characters (opening and closing braces), use glyphs
  101     from the standard TeX math fonts instead of using EC fonts which are 
  102     less likely to be installed.
  103   . Use of user-defined macros in the text of an index entry is more
  104     reliable when the text contains Texinfo @-commands.
  105   . @synindex and @syncodeindex have been fixed (broken in the last
  106     release).
  107   . Support added for native UTF-8 support with XeTeX and LuaTeX.
  108   . Support of PDF output with XeTeX improved.
  109   . You can use a new file doc/texinfo-ja.tex for Texinfo documents in
  110     Japanese.  doc/short-sample-ja.tex is a sample document.  New 
  111     support file doc/txi-ja.tex for Japanese.
  112 
  113 * texi2any:
  114   . Fix handling of compiler options when building Perl extension modules.
  115 
  116 * texi2dvi:
  117   . Can now process files whose absolute paths contain space characters,
  118     as long a relative path to the file is given.  Better support of 
  119     files with unusual characters in their names.
  120   . No longer exits prematurely in some circumstances (due to the script
  121     running under "set -e").
  122   . Bug fixed which made the `--command' and `--tidy' options
  123     incompatible.
  124 
  125 * info:
  126   . Handling of "invalid" value in infokey file fixed.
  127 
  128 6.2 (withdrawn)
  129 
  130 
  131 
  132 6.1 (06 February 2016)
  133 
  134 * Language:
  135   . You can now omit the @menu from nodes with other nodes below them in
  136     the document structure.  If you use "@validatemenus off" near the 
  137     start of a Texinfo file, makeinfo will, where needed, create a menu 
  138     for nodes lacking one given explicitly.
  139   . An @setfilename line is no longer required at the start of a
  140     Texinfo file.  (Be aware, though, that some other tools may require 
  141     it, for example Automake.)
  142   . For processing with TeX, a comma is automatically provided following
  143     a cross-reference command (such as @xref) when needed to separate
  144     the page number from following text, so you don't need to add one
  145     yourself.  See the `Parts of a Cross Reference' node in the manual
  146     for details.  Behavior when followed by punctuation, as always
  147     recommended previously, is unchanged.
  148 
  149 * texi2any:
  150   . Some Perl modules have been rewritten in C to increase speed.
  151     If Perl extensions can be created, they are used by default; 
  152     otherwise the pure Perl implementations are still used.
  153     Disable at build time with "configure --disable-perl-xs".  The 
  154     environment variable TEXINFO_XS controls how they are used by 
  155     texi2any.
  156   . Quotation marks are left out for node names and index entries in
  157     Info output where they would have been produced by commands such
  158     as @file or @option.
  159   . New customization variable INFO_SPECIAL_CHARS_QUOTE to allow use of
  160     a quoting mechanism for problematic constructs in Info output, for
  161     example node names containing colons or commas.
  162   . Commands like @heading are affected by @lowersections and @raisesections
  163     again, as was the case before Texinfo 5.0.
  164 
  165 * texinfo.tex:
  166   . You may explicitly specify a sort key for an index entry by preceding
  167     the text of the entry with the @sortas commmand with the sort key 
  168     desired as a braced argument.   Additionally, you may choose to
  169     ignore all occurences of the characters \, @, <, and - using new 
  170     flags you can specify with @set: `txiindexbackslashignore',
  171     `txiindexatsignignore', `txiindexlessthanignore', and
  172     `txiindexhyphenignore' respectively.
  173   . Changes to macro handling to more closely match makeinfo.  Ends of
  174     lines are preserved in an argument to a macro taking a single 
  175     argument.
  176   . By default, suppress heading line on a page with a chapter on it, to
  177     avoid having the chapter title repeated.
  178   . Use a larger font for arguments in a @deffn line and similar.
  179   . The default indices (cp, ky and so on) now don't get a file opened
  180     for them unless they are actually used.  This reduces the number of
  181     files that a run of TeX produces, and also allows for a greater
  182     number of user-defined indices, because you will not bump into TeX's
  183     limit of 16 open files at once so soon.
  184   . For initials in indices that are non-alphanumeric characters (for
  185     example, backslash, or braces), avoid use of a typewriter font.  
  186     This gives a more consistent appearance.
  187   . Have a stronger preference for breaking a column in an index before
  188     a letter heading.
  189   . Formatting improvements in tables of contents and indices.  Entries
  190     can extend slightly into the margin instead of being broken across 
  191     two lines, and text is split more evenly across lines.  Reduce 
  192     chance of an orphaned index entry appearing at the top of a column.
  193   . Support character encodings beyond ASCII for XeTeX and LuaTeX by
  194     reading file input byte-by-byte.
  195 
  196 * texi2dvi:
  197   . Support for determining the output files using the `-recorder'
  198     option to TeX, to help to support more TeX engines.
  199 
  200 * info:
  201   . New user variables `link-style', `active-link-style', and
  202     `match-style' enable customization of how cross-references and search 
  203     matches are highlighted.
  204   . By default only the node pointers are displayed at the top of a node.
  205     Customize this with the `nodeline' variable.
  206   . New command M-x tree-search to search all subnodes of a node.
  207   . Now tries to find referenced manuals in the same directory as the
  208     current file first, before looking in search path.  Customize this
  209     with new variable `follow-strategy'.
  210   . The `mouse' variable is now off by default, in order not to
  211     interfere with the selection of text in a terminal emulator window.
  212   . `q' closes a window instead of quitting altogether if there's more
  213     than one, for example if a help window is open.
  214   . Several bug fixes, including:
  215       . one causing the wrong position in a node to be shown when
  216         following an "anchor" cross-reference
  217       . one causing a test failure in the t/c-u-m-x-scroll-forward.sh
  218         test on some platforms
  219   . Internal changes to reduce memory use and increase speed of
  220     searches, relative to last release
  221   . The meaning of the `key-time' variable has changed when its value
  222     is 0.  This value meant to wait forever in the last release, but now
  223     it means that the next byte must be available immediately.
  224 
  225 * Documentation:
  226   . The `info.info' file (and `info.texi' source) is no longer
  227     distributed with Texinfo.  Now this manual is only in Emacs.
  228 
  229 * Distribution:
  230   . automake-1.15, gettext-0.19.6.
  231 
  232 
  233 6.0 (26 June 2015)
  234 * Language:
  235   . new commands @sub and @sup, for textual subscripts and superscripts.
  236   . new command @U to insert a Unicode character by code point.
  237 
  238 * texinfo.tex:
  239   . @url/@uref output in PDF now the same as in DVI, showing the url
  240     even if the second argument is given, not just as a link target.
  241     TeX option \urefurlonlylinktrue gives previous behavior, of invisible urls.
  242     PDF-only \linkcolor and \urlcolor specify colors (default black).
  243 
  244 * texi2any:
  245   . customization variable TOP_NODE_UP_URL now replaces all (dir) references;
  246     recommended setting for GNU packages is /manual/.
  247   . new customization variable INDEX_SPECIAL_CHARS_WARNING to complain
  248     when index entries contain a colon.
  249   . Docbook output no longer uses <lineannotation> for @r.
  250   . -D'var val' on the command line works as intended again.
  251   . --plaintext output can be split.
  252   . a bit faster.
  253 
  254 * info:
  255   . invoking as `info foo bar' looks for bar as an index entry in manual
  256     foo, if not found as a top-level menu item.
  257   . invoking info with an absolute or explicitly relative file name
  258     (./foo.info, /tmp/foo.info, etc.) just visits that file.
  259   . separate `infokey' program has been removed - the .infokey file is
  260     now read directly by Info.
  261   . new option --init-file allows overriding ~/.infokey.
  262   . new variable `highlight-searches' allows highlighting results from a
  263     search
  264   . support for mouse scrollwheel, controlled by `mouse' variable.
  265   . new variable `key_time' to control how long to wait for byte
  266     sequences sent by special keys.
  267   . new variable `hide-note-references' alters appearance of displayed nodes
  268   . new variable `infopath-no-defaults' allows omitting the compile-time
  269     Info directory from the Info search path.
  270   . support input of multibyte characters for searches in a UTF-8 locale.
  271   . if reading an Info file that is known to be in a different character
  272     encoding to that of the user's environment, convert its contents 
  273     when displayed and substitute missing characters
  274   . new command M-x info-version.
  275   . the M-x kill-node command has been removed.
  276   . test suite at build time.
  277 
  278 * texindex:
  279   . completely new implementation as a literate program using Texinfo
  280     and (portable) awk (called TexiWeb Jr.), thanks to Arnold Robbins.
  281     (Requires gawk 4.0+ if .twjr source is modified.)
  282   . the -o (--output) is not supported, unless we hear of someone using it.
  283   . duplicated sort keys with different display texts result in one
  284     merged index entry, using the first display text.
  285   . better sorting and parsing in unusual cases; most notably, { and }
  286     characters can appear as initials.
  287 
  288 * install-info:
  289   . handle compressed input file names containing spaces.
  290   . exit successfully if --remove is given and the dir file does not exist.
  291   . new option --defsection, to be used instead of "Miscellaneous" when
  292     a section is not present in the Info file.
  293 
  294 * texi2dvi:
  295   . look for the environment variable THUMBPDF_CMD instead of THUMBPDF,
  296     since thumbpdf itself has used THUMBPDF for options since 2000.
  297   . remove --recode and --recode-from options, since they haven't
  298     worked as intended for years, so evidently no one needs them.
  299 
  300 * Distribution:
  301   . new translation ca (catalan).
  302   . automake-1.15, gettext-0.19.4.
  303 
  304 
  305 5.2 (26 September 2013)
  306 * Language:
  307   . new commands @inlinefmtifelse, @inlineifset, @inlineifclear, for
  308     more brace-delimited alternatives to the conditional environments.
  309 
  310 * texi2any:
  311   . warns about node names, menu items, and cross-references (but not
  312     index entries) containing problematic characters; can be disabled
  313     with -c INFO_SPECIAL_CHARS_WARNING=0.
  314 
  315 * info:
  316   . new option -x (--debug) for debugging output; -x -1 to get everything.
  317   . new option -v (--variable) assigns a value to an Info variable,
  318     with the usual syntax, -v VARIABLE=VALUE.
  319   . new option -a (--all) instructs Info to display all documents
  320     matching the command line arguments, not just the first.  In
  321     conjunction with the -w option, it shows full names of all Info
  322     files matching the command line arguments; with -o, it outputs all
  323     matching files.
  324   . new variable search-skip-screen controls the starting position for
  325     repeated search commands ({ and }).  When set to On, repeated
  326     searches skip the lines displayed on the screen, i.e.,
  327     forward searches (}) start at the beginning of the next page, and
  328     backward searches ({) start at the end of the previous page.
  329   . new command display-file-info (bound to = by default, C-g in vi mode)
  330     shows full file name of the node being displayed and position in it.
  331 
  332 * texi2dvi:
  333   . support for biblatex+biber.
  334 
  335 * Distribution: automake-1.14, gettext-0.18.3.1.
  336 
  337 
  338 5.1 (12 March 2013)
  339 * texi2any:
  340   . irregular sectioning trees (see 5.0 news item) produce a warning
  341     rather than an error.
  342   . @set in the middle of the line no longer produces a warning.
  343   
  344 * info:
  345   . lzip (.lz) compression supported.
  346   
  347 * install-info:
  348   . lzip (.lz) compression supported.
  349 
  350 * Development: switch from CVS to Subversion.
  351   https://savannah.gnu.org/svn/?group=texinfo
  352 
  353 
  354 5.0 (16 February 2013)
  355 * Language:
  356   . Texinfo commands are supported in node names.
  357   . #line directives are recognized.
  358   . @-commands are now recognized in raw format blocks.  Therefore, for
  359     example, lone @, { and } characters in @tex, @html and similar
  360     environments must be converted to the normal @@, @{, and @} commands.
  361   . new commands @inlinefmt and @inlineraw for brace-delimited conditionals.
  362   . new conditionals @ifcommanddefined and @ifcommandnotdefined to test
  363     if a Texinfo command is available.
  364   . new command @part for a group of chapters.
  365   . new environments @raggedright, @smallquotation,
  366       @indentedblock, and @smallindentedblock.
  367   . new commands @codequoteundirected and @codequotebacktick,
  368       for a better interface than "@set txicodequoteundirected" and
  369       "@set txicodequotebacktick"; now respected by @kbd.
  370   . new command @xrefautomaticsectiontitle to allow using section titles
  371       in cross references by default, instead of node names.
  372   . new commands for Texinfo special characters:
  373     @atchar{} @lbracechar{} @rbracechar{} @backslashchar{} @hashchar{}.
  374   . new commands @deftypefnnewline to print return types on their own lines.
  375   . new command @headitemfont for the sake of template rows.
  376   . new command @urefbreakstyle to control breaking of @url/@uref in TeX.
  377   . new diacritic command @ogonek.
  378   . new commands for Icelandic letters eth and thorn: @DH{} @dh{} @TH{} @th{}.
  379   . new command @errormsg to report an error.
  380   . five-argument xrefs can refer to a whole manual, by omitting the
  381       section name and either omitting the node name or using "Top".
  382   . DEL (0x7f = 0177 = 127) is a true comment character (catcode 14 in TeX).
  383 
  384 * texi2any is the new generic converter for Texinfo that can produce all
  385   supported output formats, both those from texi2dvi (PDF/DVI) and from
  386   makeinfo (Info/HTML/etc.).  texi2any and makeinfo are now different
  387   names for the same program; there are no differences in behavior based
  388   on the program name.
  389 
  390   The new implementation is in Perl, requiring Perl 5.7.3 (released in
  391   March 2002) and its standard Encode module.
  392   
  393   The Perl texi2any/makeinfo both replaces and is intended to be (for
  394   all practical purposes) upward-compatible with the C makeinfo.  It has
  395   many new features not in the C makeinfo.  For example, cross-manual
  396   references are now fully supported, and allows for extensive
  397   customization of the HTML output.  See the `Generic Translator
  398   texi2any' chapter in the manual (among other places) for more about
  399   this reimplementation.
  400   
  401   The new program is, unfortunately, noticeably slower at present than
  402   the C program was.  We hope all the many improvements make the new
  403   version worthwhile for users nevertheless.
  404 
  405 * Intentional incompatibilities with the previous implementation of
  406   makeinfo, through version 4.13:
  407   
  408   . The old implementation accepted a lone block of text inside @itemize,
  409     @enumerate, etc., without any @item.  This is semantically
  410     inconsistent, leading to problems with some backends, and thus now
  411     produces a warning.
  412     
  413   . The old implementation accepted ``irregular'' sectioning trees.  Now,
  414     when @node pointers are implicitly determined, the consistency of
  415     @menu and the sectioning tree is checked.  (If node pointers are
  416     explicitly specified in the document, the tree can still be irregular.)
  417   
  418   . The old implementation always added blank lines between function
  419     definitions if they weren't already there.  Now blank lines are not
  420     added.  (Both old and new implementations preserve blank lines that
  421     are present.)
  422     
  423   . The old implementation processed macros in place, formatting the
  424     replacement text with the output.  Now the replacement text is
  425     textually substituted as Texinfo source.  A consequence of the old
  426     behavior is that ends of lines from expansion of an @macro
  427     definition did not end an @-command line-delimited argument
  428     (@chapter, @center, etc.).  Now they do.  (A detailed example is in
  429     the manual, node Macro Details.)
  430 
  431 * pod2texi is a new (Perl) program that uses the capabilities of
  432   texi2any to translate Perl pod documentation to Texinfo.
  433   
  434 * texinfo.tex:
  435   . urls (given to @uref and @url) are broken by default at special
  436     characters; behavior controllable with @urefbreakstyle.
  437   . support some per-language hyphenation, when the underlying TeX
  438     engine does (for instance, etex/pdfetex from TeX Live 2008 or
  439     later).  Words with accented letters are still not handled properly.
  440   . @title, text will be broken if needed, and @* can be used to override.
  441   . new Icelandic translation: txi-is.tex.
  442   . new Hungarian translation: txi-hu.tex.
  443   . official updates between full package releases available at
  444     http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/texinfo/texinfo.tex.
  445 
  446 * texi2dvi:
  447   . new option --max-iterations.
  448   . official updates between full package releases available at
  449     http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/texinfo/texi2dvi.
  450   
  451 * info:
  452   . INFOPATH is determined from PATH by default, or if an element "PATH"
  453     is specified.
  454   . New command Info-virtual-index, bound to I by default, following Emacs.
  455   . Info keywords not found by searches.
  456   . A lower limit on the length of search patterns, default 1,
  457     specified by the variable min-search-length.
  458   . Use ASCII versions of images, if supplied by the document.
  459   . xz compression supported.
  460 
  461 * install-info:
  462   . xz compression supported.
  463 
  464 * Documentation:
  465   . new appendix with a technical description of the Info file format.
  466   . information on the customizations of the HTML output now possible.
  467 
  468 * Distribution:
  469   . new file htmlxref.cnf is installed to support cross-manual
  470     references; official updates between full package releases available
  471     at http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/texinfo/htmlxref.cnf.
  472   . language support for no removed/renamed to nb, per Norwegian translators.
  473   . new translations: id it,
  474     and document translations: eo pl.
  475   . texinfo.cat file removed since it is (to our knowledge) unused.
  476   . documentation license now GFDLv1.3 or later.
  477   . autoconf 2.69, automake 1.13.1, gettext 0.18.2.
  478 
  479 
  480 4.13 (18 September 2008)
  481 
  482 * A reference card for Texinfo is now available, in doc/refcard.  For
  483   convenience, preformatted PDF's for letter-size and A4 paper are included.
  484 
  485 * makeinfo:
  486   . new option --internal-links for HTML output, to write a tsv file
  487     mapping indexed/toc terms to links, for easy reference from external
  488     documents.
  489   . - as an input file name reads standard input. 
  490 
  491 * info:
  492   . support for multibyte encodings such as UTF-8.
  493   . new option --show-malformed-multibytes, to display malformed multibyte
  494     sequences.
  495   . new environment variable INFO_MAN_COMMAND sets the name of man executable
  496     (use it if you a need to override PATH settings).
  497   
  498 * install-info:
  499   . bug fix: support names with embedded periods (e.g., config.status) again.
  500 
  501 * Distribution:
  502   . autoconf 2.63.
  503 
  504 
  505 4.12 (20 April 2008)
  506 
  507 * Language:
  508   . new commands @clicksequence, @click, and @clickstyle for documenting
  509     GUI sequences, and @arrow for the default glyph used.
  510   . new commands @geq{} and @leq{} for the normal >= and <= relations.
  511 
  512 * install-info:
  513   . lzma compression supported.
  514   . Much work towards compatibility with Debian's independent
  515     implementation.  Changes in behavior:
  516     - new entries are formatted to start at column 34 by default.
  517     - existing entries are replaced by default.
  518     - new sections are alphabetized among existing sections.
  519     - if an entry being removed is the last one in a section, the
  520       section is also removed.
  521   . Also many new options:
  522     --section REGEX TITLE.
  523     --no-indent: disable formatting of new entries.
  524     --menuentry, --name: specify left-hand side of an entry.
  525     --dry-run: alias for --test.
  526     --regex REGEX: renamed from --section regex, adds to all sections
  527       matching REGEX by default.
  528     --add-once: add only to first specified or matching section.
  529     --align COL: start description at column COL.
  530     --calign COL: start continuation lines in description at COL.
  531     --max-width COL: wrap the description at COL.
  532   . New section in the Texinfo manual describing all this.
  533 
  534 * info:
  535   Our goal with these changes to the default interface is to make Info
  536   documents more easily and quickly readable, especially by non-experts.
  537   . the PageUp and PageDown keys move through the whole document by
  538     default, instead of just the current node.
  539   . the h command shows the basic help, and H starts the Info tutorial.
  540   . the newly-bound x command deletes the current window, e.g., within help.
  541   . the scroll-step variable is set to 1 by default, for smooth scrolling.
  542   . the cursor-movement-scrolls-p variable is set to 1 by default, so
  543     link searches look through the whole document.
  544   . regular expression searches are supported, and are the default for
  545     both regular and incremental searches.
  546   . the new R command toggles between regexp and literal-string searches.
  547   . the new variable scroll-last-node controls scrolling at the end of
  548     the last node; by default, it now simply reports there are no more
  549     nodes.  To restore the old behavior, set scroll-last-node=Scroll.
  550   . the precise line number specified in index entries is used if available.
  551   . --usage=info shows usage for standalone Info.
  552   . lzma compression supported.
  553 
  554 * Distribution:
  555   . language support for no removed/renamed to nb, per Norwegian translators.
  556   . new translation: es.
  557   . bug fixes in make check (and elsewhere).
  558   . gettext 0.17, automake 1.10.1, autoconf 2.62.
  559 
  560 
  561 4.11 (9 September 2007)
  562 
  563 * Language:
  564   . @documentlanguage now supports an optional country code
  565     specification after the language code, a la gettext.
  566   . new command @allowcodebreaks controls breaks at _ and - within @code.
  567   . new command @frenchspacing controls spacing after sentences.
  568   . new command @fonttextsize allows changing body text font size to 10pt.
  569   . new command @textdegree{} produces the normal degrees symbol.
  570   . new command @thischapternum can be used in TeX headers/footers.
  571   . new commands for quotes: @quotedblleft @quotedblright
  572      @quoteleft @quoteright  @quotedblbase @quotesinglbase
  573      @guillemetleft @guillemetright @guilsinglleft @guilsinglright.
  574   . new option @set txicodequoteundirected produces an undirected quote
  575     in code and example output, instead of the regular right quote.
  576   . new option @set txicodequotebacktick produces a grave accent in
  577     code and example output, instead of the regular left quote.
  578 * makeinfo:
  579   . The @documentlanguage locale is used to translate various document strings.
  580   . --enable-encoding is now the default, meaning Info and plain text
  581     output use 8-bit characters given a supported @documentencoding.
  582   . new option --css-ref=URL for creating a stylesheet <link> in HTML output.
  583   . new option --transliterate-file-names to use a reduction-to-ASCII
  584     algorithm for split HTML file names, useful for non-Latin-based languages.
  585   . @enddots{} outputs three dots instead of four, for consistency with
  586     texinfo.tex.
  587   . the Local Variables coding: setting written by --enable-encoding now
  588     comes at the very end, after the tags table, so that Emacs can find
  589     it in more cases.
  590   . @allow-recursion (never documented) is deprecated and produces a warning.
  591   . @quote-args (never documented) is now the default behavior.
  592   . centering and such take account of character widths.
  593   . the --reference-limit option is now a no-op.
  594   . improvements to XML and Docbook output and the DTD.
  595 * texinfo.tex:
  596   . @thissection can now be used in custom headings, and @thischapter
  597     works reliably even without @set chapternewpage.  Custom headings
  598     have additional flexibility as well.
  599 * texi2dvi:
  600   . pdftexi2dvi is a new wrapper to `texi2dvi --pdf', equal to texi2pdf,
  601     for the sake of AUC-TeX which prepends `pdf' to the compilation
  602     command when requested to produce PDF.
  603 * info:
  604   . look for info files in the current directory first, by default.
  605   . when calling man, use -a if no explicit section is found.
  606   . avoid showing the top(1) man page for nonexistent info files.
  607 * install-info:
  608   . new options --section-regex, --remove-exactly, --debug, --test.
  609 * Distribution:
  610   . autoconf 2.60, automake 1.10, gettext 0.16.1.
  611   . gettext support now [external].
  612   . new translations: hu (Hungarian), rw (Kinyarwandan), vi (Vietnamese).
  613   . most common sources imported from gnulib.
  614 
  615 4.10 (omitted)
  616 
  617 
  618 4.9 (29 June 2007)
  619 * GPLv3.
  620 * texi2dvi:
  621   . new mode --build=tidy which supports compilation in a separate
  622     directory, where intermediate files are preserved.
  623   . new option --build-dir, to specify where the tidy build will take
  624     place, either locally or globally.  This allows avoiding the clutter
  625     while preserving auxiliary files.
  626   . new support for AUC-TeX: texi2dvi (weakly) supports arguments a la
  627     TeX such as `\nonstopmode\input{file.tex}'.
  628   . new options --ps and --dvipdf, useful especially for pstricks documents.
  629   . new option --src-specials, passed to TeX.
  630 * texinfo.tex:
  631   . Latin1, Latin2, Latin9, and UTF-8 are supported -- only as well as
  632     the Computer Modern fonts can manage, which means primarily English
  633     and western European languages, to a limited extent.
  634   . png and jpg images supported in pdf output.
  635   . new Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian translations for texinfo.tex:
  636     txi-ru.tex, txi-sr.tex, txi-uk.tex.
  637   . section names with \ characters work properly in pdf outlines.
  638   . have .toc files use @ as the escape character, instead of \.
  639 
  640 
  641 4.8 (31 December 2004)
  642 * Language:
  643   . new command @euro for the Euro currency symbol, and
  644     @documentencoding has some support for ISO-8859-15.
  645   . new command @abbr for general abbreviations.
  646   . new command @slanted to typeset text in a slanted font,
  647     and @sansserif to typeset in a sans serif font.
  648 * makeinfo:
  649   . An empty first argument to cross-reference commands, such as @xref,
  650     causes an error.  This change was made in 4.1, but not mentioned in NEWS.
  651   . HTML output:
  652     - <a name="..."> constructs are added for the old-style
  653       conversion of node names to HTML names, so that external references
  654       to them can continue to work.
  655     - "g_t" prefixed to targets for node names beginning with a
  656       nonletter, for XHTML compatibility.
  657   . Docbook output: recognize more image formats.
  658 * texi2dvi:
  659   . new option --recode, to call recode for input character translation.
  660 * Distribution:
  661   . new convenience script texi2pdf, equivalent to texi2dvi --pdf (from tetex).
  662   . some cross-compiling support in configure && make.
  663   . new configure option --disable-install-warnings, for TeX.
  664     distributions which do have the files installed.
  665   . automake 1.9.4.
  666 
  667 
  668 4.7 (9 April 2004)
  669 * Language:
  670   . new commands @float, @caption, @shortcaption, @listoffloats for
  671     initial implementation of floating material (figures, tables, etc).
  672     Ironically, they do not yet actually float anywhere.
  673   . new commands @docbook, @ifdocbook, @ifnotdocbook for conditional Docbook.
  674   . new commands @ordf{} and @ordm{} for Spanish feminine/masculine ordinals.
  675   . new commands @deftypecv[x] for class variables in typed OO languages.
  676   . new command @registeredsymbol for the r-in-a-circle symbol.
  677   . new command @headitem to make a heading row in @multitable.
  678   . new command @LaTeX{} for the LaTeX logo.
  679   . new command @comma{} to avoid comma-parsing problems.
  680   . @url is now a synonym for @uref; new command @indicateurl has the
  681     old meaning of just displaying a url as text.
  682   . @quotation now accepts an optional argument for labelling the text
  683       as a `Note', `Tip', etc.
  684   . @defun (et al.) heading lines can now be continued with a lone @.
  685   . @acronym accepts an optional argument for the meaning of the acronym.
  686 * makeinfo:
  687   . New environment variable TEXINFO_OUTPUT_FORMAT determines the output
  688     format at runtime, if no options are specified.
  689   . New option --plaintext, equivalent to --no-headers with Info output.
  690   . All outputs:
  691     - sections are numbered by default.
  692   . Info output:
  693     - punctuation is inserted after @pxref and @ref, if needed to make
  694       cross-references valid.
  695     - line numbers included in index menus, so Info readers can go to
  696       the exact line of an entry, not just a node.  Also in plaintext output.
  697     - ^@^H[index^@^H] cookie included in index menus, so Info readers
  698       can handle the ] etc. commands better.
  699   . HTML output:
  700     - new algorithm for cross-references to other manuals, for maximum
  701       portability and stability.
  702     - include node name in <title> with split output.
  703     - @multicolumn fractions become percentages.
  704     - entities used for bullets, quotes, dashes, and others.
  705     - index entries are links to the exact locations.
  706     - <h4> and <h5> used for @sub and @subsubsections again.
  707     - accented dotless i supported.
  708   . XML output: many new tags and structure to preserve more source features.
  709   . Docbook output:
  710     - upgraded DTD to Docbook XML 4.2, no longer using Docbook SGML.
  711     - improved translation in general, for instance:
  712     - line annotations and marked quotations.
  713 * texi2dvi:
  714   . if available, use etex (pdfetex if --pdf) by default.
  715   . if the input file includes thumbpdf.sty (for LaTeX), then run thumbpdf.
  716   . more output if --debug.
  717 * texinfo.tex:
  718   . @defun names are now printed in typewriter (instead of bold), and
  719     within the arguments, @var text is printed in slanted typewriter.
  720   . @tex code is executed inside a TeX group, so that any changes must
  721     be prefixed with \global (or the equivalent) to be effective.  (This
  722     change was actually made years ago, but never made it into the NEWS.)
  723 * info:
  724   . new option --where (aka --location, -w) to report where an Info file
  725     would be found, instead of reading it.
  726   . by default, output ANSI terminal escape sequences as-is; new option
  727     --no-raw-escapes overrides this.
  728   . use the newly-generated index line numbers.
  729 * Distribution:
  730   . new script gendocs.sh (not installed), for use by GNU maintainers in
  731     getting their manuals on the GNU web site.  Documented in
  732     maintain.texi (http://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/).
  733   . Most code uses ANSI C prototypes, to some extent.
  734   . New translation: nb.
  735   . automake 1.8.3, autoconf 2.59, gettext 0.14.1.
  736 
  737 
  738 4.6 (10 June 2003)
  739 * Language:
  740   . new command @/ specifies an allowable breakpoint within a line.
  741   . new command @dofirstparagraphindent to control whether the first
  742     paragraph following a section heading is indented.  Default is to
  743     omit this indentation, unlike the output up to now.
  744   . new command @indent for explicitly indenting a paragraph.
  745   . makeinfo writes a new construct for @image in Info output, so that
  746     graphical Info browsers (such as Emacs Info under X) can display an
  747     actual image.  (Standalone Info ignores this, since it runs in a tty.)
  748 * makeinfo:
  749   . Common:
  750     - search for image files in the include file search path.
  751     - warns if @value is used on an undefined variable.
  752   . Info output:
  753     - default --split-size now 300,000 bytes, up from 50,000.
  754     - with --enable-encoding and a given @documentencoding,
  755       output a Local Variables section specifying that encoding, for use
  756       with Emacs.
  757   . HTML output:
  758     - uses <h3> at the smallest.
  759     - a few css <style> definitions are included to better
  760       implement @format, @display, @small..., etc.
  761     - new option --css-include=FILE includes FILE in the <style>.
  762     - @cartouche now outputs a <table> with a border.
  763 * texinfo.tex:
  764   . new Polish translation txi-pl.tex.
  765 * texi2dvi:
  766   . --command=CMD replaces --texinfo=CMD; it inserts CMD at the first
  767     line of LaTeX files now, or after the @setfilename for Texinfo files.
  768 * info:
  769   . RET now goes to the nearest xref (rather like Emacs Info),
  770     instead of the next xref starting on the current line.
  771 * Distribution:
  772   . new Romanian (ro) translation.
  773   . variables now declared const where appropriate.
  774   . gettext 0.12.1, automake 1.7.5.
  775 
  776 
  777 4.5 (4 February 2003)
  778 * info:
  779   . a bug in 4.4 prevented compressed info files from being found.
  780 * Distribution:
  781   . detect sys/ptem.h on Solaris.
  782 
  783 
  784 4.4 (31 January 2003)
  785 * Language:
  786   . The ' (ASCII apostrophe/right quote) character is finally allowed in
  787     node and anchor names.  Thus, after installing this texinfo.tex,
  788     existing .aux files will cause errors!  Remove them and rerun TeX to
  789     generate good ones.
  790   . @value constructs are now expanded in the filename arguments to
  791     @include and @verbatiminclude.
  792 * makeinfo:
  793   . @macro names may no longer include ^ or _, for the sake of math mode.
  794   . bug fix: @copying text is now reflected in tag table positions;
  795     before, nodes may not have been found with a long-enough @copying.
  796   . bug fix: html @verb arg is quoted properly, and does not imply
  797     a paragraph break.
  798 * texinfo.tex:
  799   . @smallexample and the like now output in a smaller font (9pt) in all
  800     paper formats, not just @smallbook and @afourpaper.
  801   . new translation txi-tr.tex.
  802   . bug fix: <>| and other characters do not disappear when they are
  803     first on a line in @verbatim.
  804 * install-info:
  805   . bug fix: don't translate the `* Menu' info keyword.
  806 * info:
  807   . CTRL-H is treated like DEL in incremental search.
  808   . arrow keys once again work in isearch contexts under Solaris.
  809 * infokey:
  810   . use .info key bindings before defaults.
  811   . allow prefix keys to be disabled.
  812 * Distribution:
  813   . update to GNU FDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html).
  814   . getopt and other common library files updated from gnulib
  815     (http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/gnulib/).
  816   . autoconf 2.57, automake 1.7.2.
  817 
  818 
  819 4.3 (14 November 2002)
  820 * Language:
  821   . new command @tie{} to do a real tie (unbreakable interword space).
  822 * makeinfo:
  823   . html output for @defun and friends now has font changes.
  824   . html output has some class attributes.
  825   . xml and docbook output improved in many details.
  826 * texinfo.tex:
  827   . new Italian translations, txi-it.tex.
  828   . pdf bookmarks for unnumbered sections work.
  829   . type name for @defun and friends no longer extends into margin.
  830 * info:
  831   . automatic-footnotes now off by default, for emacs compatibility.
  832   . crash when MALLOC_CHECK_=2 fixed.
  833 * install-info:
  834   . new option --infodir synonym for --info-dir, for compatibility with
  835     the Debian install-info.
  836   . support for bzip2-compressed files.
  837 * texindex:
  838   . omit initial if the entire index is under one character.
  839 * Distribution:
  840  . development sources now available under CVS, see
  841    http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/texinfo/
  842  . Turkish message translation.
  843  . gettext 0.11.5, autoconf 2.54, automake 1.7.1.
  844 
  845 
  846 *** NEWS FOR ALL AUTHORS OF TEXINFO MANUALS ***
  847 
  848 As of version 4.2, Texinfo has a command @copying to define the
  849 copyright and copying permissions for a manual.  If you haven't already,
  850 please switch to using it in your next release, because the historical
  851 method of doing copyright permissions using @ifinfo failed to output
  852 copyright information in the HTML (or XML) formats.  The manual has
  853 detailed explanations and examples.  For convenience, here's a url to
  854 one of the relevant sections:
  855   http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/manual/texinfo/html_node/Document-Permissions.html
  856 
  857 4.2 (1 April 2002)
  858 * Language:
  859   . new command @copying to define copying permissions.  See above.
  860   . new conditionals @ifplaintext, @ifnotplaintext for the plain text
  861     (--no-headers) output format.
  862   . new command @\ to produce literal \ inside @math, since \ by itself
  863     no longer works.
  864 * makeinfo:
  865   . emit accesskey attributes for keyboard shortcuts to menu items.
  866   . @{even,every,odd}{footing,header} are ignored by makeinfo now, so
  867     they no longer need to be enclosed in @iftex.
  868 * texinfo.tex:
  869   . bug fix for pdf-format table of contents.
  870 * info:
  871   . bug fixes for -R (--raw-escapes).
  872   . --help shows short option names.
  873 * Distribution:
  874   . the doc.c, funs.h, and key.c files in info/ are no longer generated
  875     at make time, to appease Automake's make distcheck.
  876   . gettext 0.11.1, autoconf 2.53, automake 1.6 (with install-info kludge).
  877 
  878 
  879 4.1 (4 March 2002)
  880 * Language:
  881   . new commands @verbatim and @verb for printing verbatim inserts.
  882   . new command @verbatiminclude for verbatim include of files.
  883   . new environment @documentdescription for defining the HTML description.
  884   . new command @afivepaper for the A5 paper size.
  885 * makeinfo:
  886   . supports xml and docbook output.
  887   . supports HTML splitting by node, which is now the default.
  888   . new option --split-size to control maximum size of split info files.
  889   . new option --enable-encoding to enable
  890 * info:
  891   . user-specified key bindings supported.
  892   . ANSI escape sequences (as produced by groff) removed from man output
  893     by default; use --raw-escapes to let them through if your terminal
  894     supports them.
  895   . RET terminates incremental search normally.
  896 * texinfo.tex:
  897   . @math implies @tex, so all the usual plain TeX math is supported.
  898   . smaller fonts for @smallexample, in all page sizes.
  899   . improvements in the PDF support.
  900 * texi2dvi:
  901   . new option -o to explicitly specify output filename.
  902 * Distribution:
  903   . switch to GNU Free Documentation License (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/).
  904   . update to GNU gettext 0.11, autoconf 2.52, and automake 1.5.
  905   . Danish, Swedish, and Hebrew message translations.
  906 
  907 
  908 4.0 (28 September 1999)
  909 * Language:
  910   . New command @anchor for cross references to arbitrary points.
  911   . New commands @documentlanguage sets the main document language,
  912     and @documentencoding sets the document input encoding (although not
  913     much is done yet with either).
  914   . New command @pagesizes allows limited control of text area for typesetting.
  915   . New command @acronym for abbreviations in all caps, such as `NASA'.
  916   . New command @alias for simple command aliases.
  917   . New command @definfoenclose for better control of info output.
  918   . New commands @deftypeivar for typed instance variables of a class
  919     and @deftypeop for typed operations of a class.
  920   . New command @novalidate suppresses cross-reference checking and (in
  921     TeX) auxiliary file creation.
  922   . New commands @setcontentsaftertitlepage and
  923     @setshortcontentsaftertitlepage to force printing the table of
  924     contents after @end titlepage.  Also, @contents and @shortcontents
  925     themselves can now appear at the beginning of the document as
  926     well as the end.
  927   . New markup commands: @env (for environment variables), @command (for
  928     command names), @option (for command-line options).
  929   . New commands @smallformat and @smalldisplay, a la @smallexample.
  930   . New command @exampleindent to set indentation of example-like
  931     environments a la @paragraphindent.
  932   . @uref takes an optional third argument of text to show instead of
  933     (rather than in addition to) the url for info and dvi output.
  934   . @footnote works in an @item for a @table.
  935 * texinfo.tex:
  936   . latest version always at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/texinfo.tex
  937     (and mirrors).
  938   . implements @macro.
  939   . implements @paragraphindent (except asis).
  940   . @emph and @i use true italic type (cmti) instead of slanted (cmsl).
  941   . implements pdf output when run with pdftex.
  942   . better support for internationalization via txi-??.tex files.
  943   . footnotes now set in a smaller point size.
  944 * makeinfo:
  945   . supports HTML output with the --html option.
  946   . implication of --html: @top nodes should be wrapped in @ifnottex
  947     rather than @ifinfo.  @ifinfo conditionals are not expanded with --html.
  948   . new option --number-sections to output chapter/section numbers.
  949   . dashes and quotes are not treated specially in node names.
  950   . new option --commands-in-node-names to allow @-commands in node names.
  951     (Not implemented in TeX, and most likely never will be.)
  952   . @emph output uses _underscores_.
  953   . @image looks for .png files before .jpg.
  954   . only output `Making ... file' line when verbose.
  955   . allow -v as synonym for --verbose.
  956   . new command line options to specify which conditionals to process
  957     (but --iftex is not fully implemented).
  958   . warns if @var contains any of ,[]().
  959   . @quote-arg implicitly done for all one-argument macros, so commas in
  960     the argument text are allowed.
  961   . \\ required in macro body to get single \, no other `escapes' defined.
  962 * info:
  963   . ISO Latin 1 characters are displayed and input as-is by default.
  964   . new option --vi-keys to enable vi-like and less-like key bindings.
  965   . new command S does case-sensitive searching.
  966   . new commands C-x n and C-x N repeat last search, respectively, in the
  967     same and in reverse direction, without prompting for the string.  These
  968     commands are bound to n and N under --vi-keys, like in Less.
  969   . new command G menu1 menu2 ... searches for menu items from (dir),
  970     as allowed on the command line.
  971   . new command O (capital o, not zero) goes directly to the node that
  972     describes command-line options.
  973   . new command-line option --show-options causes the node which
  974     describes command-line options to be the first node displayed.
  975   . M-prior and M-DEL do new command info-scroll-other-window-backward.
  976   . / searches like s does.
  977   . If the search string includes upper-case letters, in both incremental
  978     and non-incremental search, the search is case-sensitive.
  979   . S searches case-sensitively even if the search string is all
  980     lower-case.
  981   . - makes the argument negative (so e.g. `- /' searches backward).
  982   . l restores point in the window returned to.
  983   . SPC/DEL do not move outside the current document.
  984   . foo.info is found before foo.
  985   . `info foo --index-search=bar' now searches for bar in foo's index.
  986   . support for files compressed with bzip2.
  987 * install-info:
  988   . handles gzipped dir files.
  989   . sort entries into alphabetical order.
  990   . install direntries only in preceding dircategory, not in all.
  991   . --delete does not require the info file to exist.
  992   . --delete can handle XEmacs-style dir entries.
  993 * texi2dvi:
  994   . bug fixed: now uses only the @iftex and @tex parts of the source.
  995   . process LaTeX source as well as Texinfo source.
  996   . output PDF (using pdftex) with new option --pdf.
  997   . handles --OPTION=ARG style of command line arguments.
  998   . new option --batch for progress reports but no interaction.
  999   . new option --clean to remove all auxiliary files.
 1000   . new option --quiet for silence (unless there are errors).
 1001   . new option -I for specifying directories for @include to search.
 1002   . handles LaTeX files (running BibTeX etc.).
 1003 * Fixes to util/gen-dir-node and util/fix-info-dir (formerly util/update-info).
 1004 * Distribution:
 1005   . Man pages included.
 1006   . Czech and Norwegian message translations.
 1007   . Various translations for texinfo.tex fixed words included.
 1008   . DJGPP support.
 1009 
 1010 
 1011 3.12 (3 March 1998)
 1012 * Elisp files removed, since they are only usefully distributed with Emacs.
 1013 * Restore inclusion of compile-time $(infodir) to INFOPATH.
 1014 * install-info creates a proper dir file.
 1015 * Various portability fixes.
 1016 
 1017 
 1018 3.11 (31 July 1997)
 1019 * New commands:
 1020   - @uref to make a reference to a url; @url now only indicates such.
 1021   - @image to include graphics (epsf for TeX).
 1022   - @deftypemethod and @deftypemethodx to document methods in strongly
 1023     typed object-oriented languages, such as C++.
 1024   - @html for raw HTML.
 1025   - @ifnothtml @ifnotinfo @ifnottex for more precise conditionals.
 1026   - @kbdinputstyle to control when @kbd uses the slanted typewriter font.
 1027   - @email takes second optional argument.
 1028 * texinfo.tex reads texinfo.cnf (if present) for site-wide TeX
 1029   configuration; for example, A4 paper sizes.
 1030 * info:
 1031   - arrow keys supported.
 1032   - trailing : in INFOPATH appends default path.
 1033   - new option --index-search for online help support.
 1034 * makeinfo:
 1035   - output files removed if errors unless (new option) --force.
 1036   - new option -P to prepend to search path.
 1037   - macro expansion file can be standard output.
 1038 * install-info creates a new dir file if necessary.
 1039 * update-info script to create a dir file from all info files.
 1040 * Elisp: texnfo-tex.el and detexinfo.el removed from the distribution;
 1041   - texnfo-tex features are now part of standard TeX & Texinfo packages;
 1042   - makeinfo --no-headers does a better job than detexinfo.el.
 1043 * Documentation:
 1044   - Updates, revisions, corrections in the manual.
 1045   - makeinfo.texi removed, as it was a copy of what was in texinfo.texi.
 1046 * gettext support in sources, French and German translations included.
 1047 * info man page removed; use the Texinfo manual.
 1048 * Automake used, other portability fixes.
 1049 
 1050 3.10 (omitted)
 1051 
 1052 
 1053 3.9 (4 October 1996)
 1054 * makeinfo:
 1055   - Give a suppressible (with --no-validate) error for references
 1056     outside of any node.
 1057   - Keep track of multitable output correctly for split files; this
 1058     caused nodes after the first multitable to be ``undefined''.
 1059 * install-info:
 1060   - Rename --infodir option to --info-dir.
 1061   - More robust error checking to avoid various crashes.
 1062 * configure: Include replacements for memcpy and memmove functions in
 1063   the distribution, in case they are missing.
 1064 
 1065 
 1066 3.8 (30 September 1996)
 1067 * Define and/or document new and/or previously existing commands:
 1068   Accents: @" @' @, @" @= @^ @` @~ @H @d @dotaccent @dotless @ringaccent
 1069     @tieaccent @u @ubaraccent @v
 1070   Special characters: @AA @AE @L @O @OE @aa @ae @exclamdown @l @o @oe
 1071     @pounds @questiondown @ss
 1072   Special punctuation: @! @? @enddots
 1073   dir file maintenance: @dircategory @direntry; also new program, install-info
 1074   HTML support: @email @url @ifhtml...@end ifhtml
 1075   Macros: @macro @unmacro
 1076   Tables: @multitable @tab
 1077   Hyphenation: @- @hyphenation
 1078   Spacing: @  @<TAB> @<NEWLINE>
 1079   Sectioning:
 1080     @headings singleafter/doubleafter (change heading style after current page)
 1081     @centerchap
 1082     @setchapterstyle
 1083   Other:
 1084     @shorttitlepage (simple title pages)
 1085     @detailmenu...@end detailmenu (help makeinfo parse master menus)
 1086 * Makeinfo prefers an input file named `foo.texinfo' or `foo.texi' or
 1087   `foo.txinfo' to just `foo' (the latter most likely being an executable).
 1088 * Makeinfo implements @. @! @? correctly, as end-of-sentence punctuation.
 1089 * @key marks its argument with a lozenge in TeX and <...> in Info.
 1090 * TeX output has substantially decreased interline spacing and other
 1091   formatting changes.
 1092 * Remove these obsolete and never-documented commands:
 1093     @infotop
 1094     @infoappendix @infoappendixsec @infoappendixsubsec @infoappendixsubsubsec
 1095     @infochapter @infosection @infosubsection @infosubsubsection
 1096     @infounnumbered @infounnumberedsec @infounnumberedsubsec
 1097       @infounnumberedsubsubsec
 1098     @input
 1099     @smallbreak @medbreak
 1100     @overfullrule
 1101     @br
 1102 * Deprecate these obsolete commands, to be removed in the next release:
 1103     @ctrl
 1104     @infoinclude
 1105     @iappendix @iappendixsection @iappendixsec @iappendixsubsec
 1106       @iappendixsubsubsec
 1107     @ichapter @isection @isubsection @isubsubsection
 1108     @iunnumbered @iunnumberedsec @iunnumberedsubsec @iunnumberedsubsubsec
 1109     @setchapterstyle
 1110     @titlespec
 1111 
 1112 
 1113 3.7 (24 December 1995)
 1114 * Have --version print texinfo release number as well as the individual
 1115   program version.
 1116 * Better man page cleaning.
 1117 * Update Elisp files from current Emacs release.
 1118 
 1119 
 1120 3.6 (21 June 1995)
 1121 * Unmatched brace error reporting improved.
 1122 * Missing comment terminator prevented compilation.
 1123 
 1124 
 1125 3.5 (20 June 1995)
 1126 * Autoconf update.
 1127 * Support for parallel makes.
 1128 * make install does not install Elisp files.
 1129 
 1130 
 1131 3.4 (19 June 1995)
 1132 * Handle @ifhtml in Elisp.
 1133 * Update FSF address.
 1134 
 1135 
 1136 3.3 (15 June 1995)
 1137 * Portability changes.
 1138 * Compile Elisp files.
 1139 * Don't distribute .info* files.
 1140 
 1141 
 1142 3.2 (9 June 1995)
 1143 * Standalone Info can read Unix man pages.
 1144 * New commands: @! @? @^ @" @enddots.
 1145 * makeinfo -E does macro expansion (and nothing else).
 1146 
 1147 
 1148 3.1 (23 May 1993)
 1149 Just bug fixes, see ChangeLog for full details.
 1150 
 1151 
 1152 3.0: first release of Texinfo version 2, with many new commands.
 1153 
 1154 
 1155 
 1156 Here is the separate NEWS for old releases of Info:
 1157 
 1158 Version 2.11,     Sat Apr  1 09:15:21 1995
 1159 
 1160 Changes since 2.7 beta:
 1161 
 1162 Although the basic code remains the same, there are numerous nits
 1163 fixed, including some display bugs, and a memory leak.  Some changes
 1164 that have taken place with larger impact include the way in which the
 1165 (dir) node is built; I have added in support for "localdir"
 1166 directories among other things.  Info files may be stored in
 1167 compressed formats, and in their own subdirectories; menu items which
 1168 do not explicitly name the node to which they are attached have the
 1169 menu item name looked up as an Info file if it is not found within the
 1170 current document.  This means that the menu item:
 1171 
 1172 * Info::		The Info documentation reader.
 1173 
 1174 in (dir) refers to the info node "(info)Top".
 1175 
 1176 Please see the ChangeLog and documentation for details on other
 1177 changes.
 1178 
 1179 Version 2.7 beta, Wed Dec 30 02:02:38 1992
 1180 Version 2.6 beta, Tue Dec 22 03:58:07 1992
 1181 Version 2.5 beta, Tue Dec  8 14:50:35 1992
 1182 Version 2.4 beta, Sat Nov 28 14:34:02 1992
 1183 Version 2.3 beta, Fri Nov 27 01:04:13 1992
 1184 Version 2.2 beta, Tue Nov 24 09:36:08 1992
 1185 Version 2.1 beta, Tue Nov 17 23:29:36 1992
 1186 
 1187 Changes since 2.5 beta:
 1188 
 1189 Note that versions 2.6 and 2.7 Beta were only released to a select group.
 1190 
 1191 * "info-" removed from the front of M-x commands.
 1192 
 1193 * Automatic footnote display.  When you enter a node which contains
 1194   footnotes, and the variable "automatic-footnotes" is "On", Info pops
 1195   up a window containing the footnotes.  Likewise, when you leave that
 1196   node, the window containing the footnotes goes away.
 1197 
 1198 * Cleaner built in documentation, and documentation functions.
 1199 
 1200   Use:
 1201     o `M-x describe-variable' to read a variable's documentation
 1202     o `M-x describe-key' to find out what a particular keystroke does.
 1203     o `M-x describe-function' to read a function's documentation.
 1204     o `M-x where-is' to find out what keys invoke a particular function.
 1205 
 1206 * Info can "tile" the displayed windows (via "M-x tile-windows").  If
 1207   the variable "automatic-tiling" is "On", then splitting a window or
 1208   deleting a window causes the remaining windows to be retiled.
 1209 
 1210 * You can save every keystroke you type in a "dribble file" by using the
 1211   `--dribble FILENAME' option.  You can initially read keystrokes from an
 1212   alternate input stream with `--restore FILENAME', or by redirecting
 1213   input on the command line `info < old-dribble'.
 1214 
 1215 * New behaviour of menu items.  If the label is the same as the
 1216   target node name, and the node couldn't be found in the current file,
 1217   treat the label as a file name.  For example, a menu entry in "DIR"
 1218   might contain:
 1219 
 1220     * Emacs::		Cool text-editor.
 1221 
 1222   Info would not find the node "(dir)Emacs", so just plain "(emacs)"
 1223   would be tried.
 1224 
 1225 * New variable "ISO-Latin" allows you to use European machines with
 1226   8-bit character sets.
 1227 
 1228 * Cleanups in echo area reading, and redisplay.  Cleanups in handling the
 1229   window which shows possible completions.
 1230 
 1231 * Info can now read files that have been compressed.  An array in filesys.c
 1232   maps extensions to programs that can decompress stdin, and write the results
 1233   to stdout.  Currently, ".Z"/uncompress, ".z"/gunzip, and ".Y"/unyabba are
 1234   supported.  The modeline for a compressed file shows "zz" in it.
 1235 
 1236 * There is a new variable "gc-compressed-files" which, if non-zero, says
 1237   it is okay to reclaim the file buffer space allocated to a file which
 1238   was compressed, if, and only if, that file's contents do not appear in
 1239   any history node.
 1240 
 1241 * New file `nodemenu.c' implements a few functions for manipulating
 1242   previously visited nodes.  `C-x C-b' (list-visited-nodes) produces a
 1243   menu of the nodes that could be reached by info-history-node in some
 1244   window.  `C-x b' (select-visited-node) is similar, but reads one of
 1245   the node names with completion.
 1246 
 1247 * Keystroke `M-r' (move_to_screen_line) allows the user to place the cursor at
 1248   the start of a specific screen line.  Without a numeric argument, place the
 1249   cursor on the center line; with an arg, place the cursor on that line.
 1250 
 1251 * Interruptible display implemented.  Basic display speedups and hacks.
 1252 * The message "*** Tags Out of Date ***" now means what it says.
 1253 * Index searching with `,' (info-index-next) has been improved.
 1254 * When scrolling with C-v, C-M-v, or M-v, only "Page Only" scrolling
 1255   will happen.
 1256 
 1257 * Continuous scrolling (along with `]' (info-global-next) and `['
 1258   (info-global-prev) works better.  `]' and `[' accept numeric
 1259   arguments, moving that many nodes in that case.
 1260 
 1261 * `C-x w' (info-toggle-wrap) controls how lines wider than the width
 1262   of the screen are displayed.  If a line is too long, a `$' is
 1263   displayed in the rightmost column of the window.
 1264 
 1265 * There are some new variables for controlling the behaviour of Info
 1266   interactively.  The current list of variables is as follows:
 1267 
 1268   Variable Name      Default Value  Description
 1269   -------------      -------------  -----------
 1270   `automatic-footnotes' On	    When "On", footnotes appear and
 1271 				    disappear automatically.
 1272 
 1273   `automatic-tiling'    Off	    When "On", creating of deleting a
 1274 				    window resizes other windows.
 1275 
 1276   `visible-bell'        Off	    If non-zero, try to use a visible bell.
 1277 
 1278   `errors-ring-bell'    On	    If non-zero, errors cause a ring.
 1279 
 1280   `show-index-match'    On	    If non-zero, the portion of the string
 1281 				    matched is highlighted by changing its
 1282 				    case.
 1283 
 1284   `scroll-behaviour'    Continuous  One of "Continuous", "Next Only", or
 1285 				    "Page Only".  "Page Only" prevents you from
 1286 				    scrolling past the bottom or top of a node.
 1287 				    "Next Only" causes the Next or Prev node to
 1288 				    be selected when you scroll past the bottom
 1289 				    or top of a node.  "Continous" moves
 1290 				    linearly through the files hierarchical
 1291 				    structure.
 1292 
 1293   `scroll-step'	        0	    Controls how scrolling is done for you when
 1294 				    the cursor moves out of the current window.
 1295 				    Non-zero means it is the number of lines
 1296 				    you would like the screen to shift.  A
 1297 				    value of 0 means to center the line
 1298 				    containing the cursor in the window.
 1299 
 1300   `gc-compressed-files' Off	    If non-zero means it is okay to reclaim the
 1301 				    file buffer space allocated to a file which
 1302 				    was compressed, if, and only if, that
 1303 				    file's contents do not appear in the node
 1304 				    list of any window.
 1305 
 1306   `ISO-Latin'	        Off	    Non-zero means that you are using an ISO
 1307 				    Latin character set.  By default, standard
 1308 				    ASCII characters are assumed.
 1309 ________________________________________
 1310 This release of Info is version 2.5 beta.
 1311 
 1312 Changes since 2.4 beta:
 1313 
 1314 * Index (i) and (,) commands fully implemented.
 1315 * "configure" script now shipped with Info.
 1316 * New function "set-variable" allows users to set various variables.
 1317 * User-settable behaviour on end or beginning of node scrolling.  This
 1318   supersedes the SPC and DEL changes in 2.3 beta.
 1319 
 1320 ________________________________________
 1321 This release of Info is version 2.4 beta.
 1322 
 1323 Changes since 2.3 beta:
 1324 
 1325 * info-last-node now means move to the last node of this info file.
 1326 * info-history-node means move backwards through this window's node history.
 1327 * info-first-node moves to the first node in the Info file.  This node is
 1328   not necessarily "Top"!
 1329 * SPC and DEL can select the Next or Prev node after printing an informative
 1330   message when pressed at the end/beg of a node.
 1331 
 1332 ----------------------------------------
 1333 This release of Info is version 2.3 beta.
 1334 
 1335 Changes since 2.2 beta:
 1336 
 1337 * M-x command lines if NAMED_COMMANDS is #defined.  Variable in Makefile.
 1338 * Screen height changes made quite robust.
 1339 * Interactive function "set-screen-height" implements user height changes.
 1340 * Scrolling on some terminals is faster now.
 1341 * C-l with numeric argument is fixed.
 1342 
 1343 ----------------------------------------
 1344 This release of Info is version 2.2 beta.
 1345 
 1346 Changes since 2.0:
 1347 
 1348 * C-g can now interrupt multi-file searches.
 1349 * Incremental search is fully implemented.
 1350 * Loading large tag tables is much faster now.
 1351 * makedoc.c replaces shell script, speeding incremental builds.
 1352 * Scrolling in redisplay is implemented.
 1353 * Recursive uses of the echo area made more robust.
 1354 * Garbage collection of unreferenced nodes.