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GNU Texinfo 4.12 available

From: Karl Berry
Subject: GNU Texinfo 4.12 available
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 10:56:36 -0500

I have released version 4.12 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format.
The NEWS is below.

You can get it by anonymous ftp from
or via http:
and its mirrors worldwide (see

(For utilities supporting the lzma compression format, see

Special thanks to Ben Asselstine for working on install-info (many new
features for compatibility with the Debian install-info), Sergey
Poznyakoff for working on standalone Info, and Peter Breitenlohner for
working on the autoinfrastructure and warnings.  Thanks also to all the
others who helped with the release.  Full credits are in the ChangeLog.

Please email bugs or suggestions to address@hidden,
general discussion to address@hidden
The Texinfo home page:

Happy documenting,

NEWS for 4.12 (20 April 2008)

* Language:
  . new commands @clicksequence, @click, and @clickstyle for documenting
    GUI sequences, and @arrow for the default glyph used.
  . new commands @geq{} and @leq{} for the normal >= and <= relations.

* install-info:
  . lzma compression supported.
  . Much work towards compatibility with Debian's independent
    implementation.  Changes in behavior:
    - new entries are formatted to start at column 34 by default.
    - existing entries are replaced by default.
    - new sections are alphabetized among existing sections.
    - if an entry being removed is the last one in a section, the
      section is also removed.
  . Also many new options:
    --section REGEX TITLE.
    --no-indent: disable formatting of new entries.
    --menuentry, --name: specify left-hand side of an entry.
    --dry-run: alias for --test.
    --regex REGEX: renamed from --section regex, adds to all sections
      matching REGEX by default.
    --add-once: add only to first specified or matching section.
    --align COL: start description at column COL.
    --calign COL: start continuation lines in description at COL.
    --max-width COL: wrap the description at COL.
  . New section in the Texinfo manual describing all this.

* Info:
  Our goal with these changes to the default interface is to make Info
  documents more easily and quickly readable, especially by non-experts.
  . the PageUp and PageDown keys move through the whole document by
    default, instead of just the current node.
  . the h command shows the basic help, and H starts the Info tutorial.
  . the newly-bound x command deletes the current window, e.g., within help.
  . the scroll-step variable is set to 1 by default, for smooth scrolling.
  . the cursor-movement-scrolls-p variable is set to 1 by default, so
    link searches look through the whole document.
  . regular expression searches are supported, and are the default for
    both regular and incremental searches.
  . the new R command toggles between regexp and literal-string searches.
  . the new variable scroll-last-node controls scrolling at the end of
    the last node; by default, it now simply reports there are no more
    nodes.  To restore the old behavior, set scroll-last-node=Scroll.
  . the precise line number specified in index entries is used if available.
  . --usage=info shows usage for standalone Info.
  . lzma compression supported.

* Distribution:
  . language support for no removed/renamed to nb, per Norwegian translators.
  . new translation: es.
  . bug fixes in make check (and elsewhere).
  . gettext 0.17, automake 1.10.1, autoconf 2.62.

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