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Re: Texinfo macros and m4

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Texinfo macros and m4
Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2011 10:51:46 -0700
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address@hidden (Karl Berry) writes:

> Regarding macros in general.  I've been trying, and I have become
> skeptical that there is any way to devise a new Texinfo macro command
> that does not run afoul of many of the same issues. In particular, TeX
> cannot precisely control behavior at newlines, and newline-delimited
> commands are a big part of Texinfo.  Highly unfortunate.

Why not just have texi2dvi run the Texinfo source through
"makeinfo --macro-expand" before running it through TeX?  This
would implement macros in a consistent way, I believe, without
introducing a need for a new macro language.

(I haven't tried this, though.)
Ben Pfaff 

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