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[platform-testers] texinfo-6.7.92 pretest

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: [platform-testers] texinfo-6.7.92 pretest
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 21:08:01 +0200

Felicitations Gavin.  Am very appreciative of the significant improvements
to texinfo.

Have been looking at the `TEXMF=/usr/share/texmf install-tex` problem.  The
conclusion from installing texinfo has been the difficulty in locating
the correct path for texmf.  We could write more detailed section about it.
From my school of thought, the generic `TEXMF=/your/texmf install-tex`comment
does not actually help users to successfully install texinfo.

texmf can be installed in a variety of places.  The manual (installation part)
should list some of the  possibilities where texmf could reside.

Thank you so very much.

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> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2021 at 3:39 AM
> From: "Gavin Smith" <>
> To: "Texinfo" <>, "platform-testers" 
> <>
> Subject: texinfo-6.7.92 pretest
> The next pretest for the next Texinfo release has been uploaded to
> We hope to release this in a few days' time barring the discovery of
> any major issues.
> There are minimal changes since the last pretest; we have made it to
> make a pretest available with updated translations.  In addition, some
> unused files in the JavaScript subdirectory have been removed.
> The most significant changes since the last release (September 2019)
> are to the HTML output of the texi2any conversion program. Support for
> MathJax is added for formatting mathematical expressions. A
> JavaScript-enhanced browsing interface is provided on an experimental
> basis. The default output for HTML uses section names in preference to
> node names, and simple lists of sub-sections replace Info-style menus.
> There should be a significant speed-up due to more of the program
> being written in C rather than Perl.
> Pretest releases are made to give a chance for a new release to be
> more widely tested, including on a variety of platforms.
> Please send any comments to <>.
> Support free software ~ ~
> Full news:
> * Language
>   . new command @displaymath for formatting of mathematical notation
>   . @example takes an argument to specify the language
>   . mark these commands as deprecated, not to be used:
>     @centerchap, @definfoenclose, @refill, @inforef.
>   . new paper size @bsixpaper
> * texi2any
>   . should be faster as Perl XS parser is enabled by default
>   . SHOW_MENU customization variable replaced by FORMAT_MENU.
>     FORMAT_MENU set to 'menu' is the same as SHOW_MENU set to 1, and
>     FORMAT_MENU set to 'nomenu' is the same as SHOW_MENU set to 0.
>   . only check menu structure if CHECK_NORMAL_MENU_STRUCTURE variable is set
>   . changes to HTML output:
>       . MathJax support for display of math.  new variables HTML_MATH,
>       . new variables JS_WEBLABELS and JS_WEBLABELS_FILE to support
>         JavaScript License Web Labels
>       . by default, use sectional tables of contents instead of menus
>       . use section names in links by default (configure with
>         xrefautomaticsectiontitle customization variable)
>       . CONTENTS_OUTPUT_LOCATION sets location of table of contents
>       . document sections wrapped in <div> elements
>       . new variable USE_NODE_DIRECTIONS to use node or section structure
>         for node directions
>       . copiable anchor links for definitions with COPIABLE_ANCHORS variable
>       . experimental JavaScript browsing interface enabled with INFO_JS_DIR
>       . don't add an extra period before file extension given as an argument
>         to @image if image file is not found
> * info
>   . support compressed dir files
> * texi2dvi
>   . stop on first error in input file
> * texinfo.tex
>   . put logical page numbers into PDF's ('page labels')
>   . put chapter numbers in the PDF outline
>   . new Finnish translation
> * Distribution
>   . autoconf 2.71, automake 1.16.3, gettext 0.21

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