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texinfo 4.2 released - important copyright support changes

From: Karl Berry
Subject: texinfo 4.2 released - important copyright support changes
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 09:43:12 -0500

I have released version 4.2 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format
with supporting programs.  The news for this release is appended.

You can get it by anonymous ftp from
  and its mirrors worldwide (see http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html).


As of version 4.2, Texinfo has a new command @copying to define the
copyright and copying permissions for a manual.  It's important to
switch to using it as soon as possible (as in your next release),
because the historical method of doing copyright permissions using
@ifinfo failed to output copyright information in the HTML (or XML)
formats.  The manual has detailed explanations and examples.  For
convenience, here's a url to one of the relevant sections:

Texinfo also has small web pages at http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo
and http://texinfo.org/.

Please email bugs or suggestions to address@hidden,
general discussion to address@hidden


4.2 (1 April 2002)
* Language:
  . new command @copying to define copying permissions.  See above.
  . new conditionals @ifplaintext, @ifnotplaintext for the plain text
    (--no-headers) output format.
  . new command @\ to produce literal \ inside @math, since \ by itself
    no longer works.
* makeinfo:
  . emit accesskey attributes for keyboard shortcuts to menu items.
  . @{even,every,odd}{footing,header} are ignored by makeinfo now, so
    they no longer need to be enclosed in @iftex.
* texinfo.tex:
  . bug fix for pdf-format table of contents.
* info:
  . bug fixes for -R (--raw-escapes).
  . --help shows short option names.
* Distribution:
  . the doc.c, funs.h, and key.c files in info/ are no longer generated
    at make time, to appease Automake's make distcheck.
  . gettext 0.11.1, autoconf 2.53, automake 1.6 (with install-info kludge).

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