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Re: Texinfo macros and m4

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Texinfo macros and m4
Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2011 23:04:35 +0300

> Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2011 21:08:40 +0200
> From: Patrice Dumas <address@hidden>
> On Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 09:29:50AM -0400, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > 
> > There's a possibility to run the Texinfo input through "makeinfo -E"
> > first, which expands the macros and is supposed to leave everything
> > else intact, and texi2dvi even uses it (I think), but somehow this
> > isn't enough.  Perhaps nested macros are not expanded? or maybe the
> > problem was with conditional macros surrounded by @ifset/@ifclear,
> > which "makeinfo -E" didn't process? I don't remember anymore.
> In the upcoming implementation, makeinfo -E should do right, as long
> as the correct command-line options are given, since it is now
> pretty output neutral.

Please tell the details of "do right" in this situation.

> >  . The whitespace issue
> > 
> >    there's the issue with the newlines before and after the body.  A
> >    typical nuisance is that you cannot easily write a single macro
> >    that will work both in @example and in the normal environment,
> >    because there are contradicting requirements wrt keeping or
> >    removing the newlines.
> Currently, the last newline is always removed, if I remember well.

I think eventually it's impossible to DTRT here without user control.


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