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Re: @item and @tab space in lists and tables

From: Patrice Dumas
Subject: Re: @item and @tab space in lists and tables
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 19:30:22 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 06:12:33PM -0500, Karl Berry wrote:
> I have never seen @item used inside @example.  It doesn't make sense to me.
> (I doubt it works in TeX, at least.)

It is done in the lilypond manual. And it is a report from Reinhold that
lead me to ask here.

And the output is right at least in info, makeinfo --html and dvi.

> I don't know (or really care :) what current makeinfo behavior is, but
> my vote is to unconditionally ignore spaces after @item.  Come to think
> of it, it seems like spaces should be ignored after any alphabetic
> command name, including @verb -- but not the non-alphabetic ones.  Are
> there any exceptions?
> E.g., a construct such as
> @emph {foobar}
> should ignore the space between the @emph and the {.
> Wdyt?

I think that it would be better not to do that, to keep the language
unambiguous as possible.


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