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Re: Indices in Info.

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Indices in Info.
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 07:17:35 +0300

> Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 22:42:56 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden>
> g (texinfo)Concept Index
> Click on:
> * $Id::                                  GNU Sample Texts.

This menu entry should not be there.  It's a bug in texinfo.txi and/or

> Proposed solution:  Just institute a convention that an index entry
> should never end in a colon.

The Texinfo manual already disallows such cases.  But there's a need
to support node names with colons (think about a manual about a C++
library, for example), so there are various hacks out there to get
Info readers to have some support for that.

> If it is worth while for Emacs Info to support those computer
> programming language terms, it might also be worth while for the
> stand-alone version to do so.

True; but doing that is not easy.  The stand-alone Info doesn't use
regexps when it searches for specific text patterns such as the one in
a menu, and the same code is used for cross-references and whatsnot.

IMHO, these tricky cases should be solved by a change in the Info file
format, not by hacks specific to this or that reader.

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