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Re: sections without nodes in automake manual?

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: sections without nodes in automake manual?
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 17:25:26 -0500

       * Unfortunately, you cannot use periods, commas, colons or
         parentheses within a node name; these confuse the Texinfo
         processors.  Perhaps this limitation will be removed some day, too.

Oh yeah :).

Well, the situation is that in practice, periods only cause trouble in
unusual circumstances.  Like a cross-manual reference to the node from
another manual?  And even then it often works.  To be honest, I don't
remember the exact problematic case(s).

Colons, on the other hand, are definitely troublesome, even in regular
menus they can break.

So, you're right, probably best to leave the punctuation out of the node
names.  None of this behavior has changed since the inception of
Texinfo, by the way.

    | * Future Directions for Dependencies::  Languages Automake does not know
    What is unusual about it?

Just that "languages" and "dependencies" sound like quite different
things, even though they're not in this case, exactly.  I think it's ok.

    Thanks, here you go.

Nothing jumped out at me.  What were the "close" introductory names you
were concerned about?

All I noticed were several that need capitalization fixes:

* Length limitations::          Staying below the command line length limit
* Macro search path::           How aclocal finds .m4 files
* Public macros::               Macros that you can use.
* Obsolete macros::             Macros that you should stop using.
* Private macros::              Macros that you should not use.
* Program variables::           Variables used when building a program
* Built sources example::       Several ways to handle built sources.

Maybe something like grep 'address@hidden .* [a-z]' would help for a quick
check.  (It'll get false matches too, but anyway.)


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