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behavior of @math with HTML output

From: Vincent Lefevre
Subject: behavior of @math with HTML output
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2022 00:40:12 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/2.2.7+47 (8681885b) vl-149028 (2022-10-10)

The Texinfo manual says

   The '@math' command has no special effect on the Info output or (by
default) the HTML output, merely outputting the contents verbatim.

However, as said later, the contents are emphasized (with <em>).
So the description is inconsistent.

Moreover, using <em> is incorrect because things like digits should
not be in italics. For instance, with the GMP manual, one has about
mpz_mul_2exp (since r3083): "op1 times 2 raised to op2" entirely in
italics. There are no reasons to do that. This was added in 2000;
I don't know what texinfo did at that time...

The GNU MPFR manual has the same issues as being based on the style
of the GMP manual.

Vincent Lefèvre <vincent@vinc17.net> - Web: <https://www.vinc17.net/>
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