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Re: @math in manual

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: @math in manual
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 18:53:45 -0500

Hi Patrice,

Your criticisms of the @math documentation are well-founded.

    since makeinfo removes matching braces { }.

I never exactly realized that.  Seems unfortunate, since then
@math{a^{bc}} comes out ambiguously?!

    @-commands are used in @math

True enough.  I was thinking of something like @math{\sigma}, where (I
believe) you have to use \sigma and not @sigma, but had neglected to
think about normal Texinfo @-commands.

    'it does not try to interpret the mathematics formatting in any special

That wording doesn't seem right, but I can agree with the underlying

What I'd really like to do with @math is support it -- that is, add all
the mathematical symbol commands to Texinfo, super/subscripts
etc.  However, that's obviously not going to happen any time soon, so I
agree it'd be good to document what really happens now.  I was more or
less intentionally glossing over the details since I knew the whole
command was rather insufficient.

So, please go ahead and prepare a patch, whatever you think works best,
and I'll work on it from there.  Thanks very much.


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