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Re: pdf and certain macro expansion

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: pdf and certain macro expansion
Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 10:12:59 -0400

    The gmp web page is

As an aside, perhaps this should be mentioned at
http://www.gnu.org/software/gmp/ ?

Also, swox.com seems to be down right now.  Timed out.

    replace "../emacs" (or "emacs.html" if they use --no-split) to a
    nearby mirror for anything not available locally.

Back on the real issue, how about if we introduce an option to makeinfo
to allow people to override the top-level filename in html xref output?
Something like
  makeinfo --html-xref-prefix=STRING

and then @xref{Top,,,foo}
would generate

The defaults would be as they are now: PREFIX is empty if --no-split, or
"../" if splitting.  But people could put in
"http://www.gnu.org/manual/"; or some local url or nearby mirror or whatever.

This seems like an invocation-level thing to me, not a Texinfo-level
thing, so I don't think we'd want to make a command for it.

This won't help in the case where the actual target html files aren't
constructed the way makeinfo expects, that is, you couldn't get a link
to something/node_99.html.  But as I said, I'm not sure we really want
to encourage that anyway, since it's unmaintainable.

Perhaps we should also introduce an option to control whether
foo.html#Top or foo.html/Top.html is generated, independent of whether
the present source is being generated split or --no-split.

Wdyt?  Would this help?  At least it should make it possible for
maintainers to construct html with links that work.  Fitting every
possible user scenario seems impossible to me.


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