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texinfo 4.1 available

From: Karl Berry
Subject: texinfo 4.1 available
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 12:15:38 -0500

I have released version 4.1 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format
with supporting programs.  The news for this release is appended.

You can get it by anonymous ftp from
  and its mirrors worldwide (see

Texinfo also has small web pages at

I'd like to specially thank Eli Zaretskii for his large and sustained
contributions to Texinfo.  

Please email bugs or suggestions to address@hidden,
general discussion to address@hidden


* Language:
  . new commands @verbatim and @verb for printing verbatim inserts.
  . new command @verbatiminclude for verbatim include of files.
  . new environment @documentdescription for defining the HTML description.
  . new command @afivepaper for the A5 paper size.
* makeinfo:
  . supports xml and docbook output.
  . supports HTML splitting by node, which is now the default.
  . new option --split-size to control maximum size of split info files.
* info:
  . user-specified key bindings supported.
  . ANSI escape sequences (as produced by groff) removed from man output
    by default; use --raw-escapes to let them through if your terminal
    supports them.
* texinfo.tex:
  . @math implies @tex, so all the usual plain TeX math is supported.
  . smaller fonts for @smallexample, in all page sizes.
  . improvements in the PDF support.
* texi2dvi:
  . new option -o to explicitly specify output filename.
* Distribution:
  . switch to GNU Free Documentation License (
  . update to GNU gettext 0.11, autoconf 2.52, and automake 1.5.
  . Danish, Swedish, and Hebrew message translations.

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