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Re: [help-texinfo] Index entries for "@command" & Co.

From: Tim Landscheidt
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] Index entries for "@command" & Co.
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:41:59 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Karl Berry) wrote on bug-texinfo:

> [...]
>     Is this a side-effect of the index sorting, a philosophi-
>     cal issue or a simple oversight?

> The first.  The original principal author of the manual (Bob Chassell),
> made a separate command index precisely so that they could be sorted by
> their first letters, and not all appear under "@".  That is, there's no
> way in Texinfo to index "@foo" and have it sorted as "foo".

> One can imagine extensions to Texinfo indexing to do this, as makeindex
> et al., but it's never actually been done.  Texinfo indexing in general
> has always been pretty simplistic.  Lots of TODO entries there ...

For a moment I started to think about possible syntaxes to
port other languages' (optional) "sort-keys" or sensible
transformations (lose all non-alphanumericals).  Then it hit
me that this would not only have to be implemented in Perl
which already doesn't look very inviting, but also in TeX
which (for me at least) skews any cost-benefit ratio :-).

  Well, I usually use Emacs to view info files, so I could
always advice Info-index.


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