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Re: [help-texinfo] Problems with inconsistent indentation in a @table in

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] Problems with inconsistent indentation in a @table in an @itemize.
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2019 20:47:03 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

Hello, Eli.

On Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 21:31:26 +0200, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2019 18:52:16 +0000
> > From: Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>

> > @itemize @w{}
> > @item
> > @table @asis
> > @item Style
> > @itemx File address@hidden earlier versions of @ccmode{}, a File
> > Style setting took precedence over any other setting apart from a File
> > Local Variable setting.}
> > @itemx Top-level command or ``customization interface''
> > @itemx Hook
> > @itemx File Local Variable setting
> > @end table
> > @end itemize

> This has the following issues:

>   . the @item after @itemize has no text
>   . just one @item and too many @itemx's in the @table

These have worked OK in the past, and according to the Texinfo manual
don't appear to be invalid.

> Why such a strange source formatting?

The outer @itemize @w{} serves to indent the inner @table @asis.  Using
@itemx rather than @item prevented unwanted blank lines being inserted.
I think @table was needed to be able to use @itemx.

> > Is this a bug in Texinfo, or some misunderstanding on my part?

> I don't know, but does the problem go away if you fix the above?

In Texinfo 6.6, using @item rather than @itemx doesn't change anything;
replacing @item on L2 by @item foo causes the elements of the @table to
be correctly indented.

In Texinfo 4.13, which I'd like to stay compatible with if at all
possible, using @item rather than @itemx causes unwanted blank lines to
be inserted.  @item foo leaves foo indented one character more than the
elements of the @table.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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