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Re: Commands used in texinfo.tex file

From: Vincent Breton
Subject: Re: Commands used in texinfo.tex file
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:07:28 +0100
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Thank you very much for your feedback Gavin !

Yes, I know some of them are TeX primitives but with the information you
provide me that should help me to write faster a new version of my

What got me into trouble is the \write17 command. I took care with
alphanumeric names of commands, not only for the \write command but also
because I think we can define alphanumeric TeX command with \catcode
sequences. I will try to remove the end of some strings as "4pt" for example

I know that texinfo commands start by @ but for the moment I just made a
simple reports for texinfo.tex file to help me both to analyze its code
and to continue to improve my skill with TeX and Texinfo sources.

Yes, I thought too to display the 10 most used commands and the 10 first
less used commands. I will add that in a new version of my document. I
had the reflex to have a look to the \def line command: 1194 definition
of commands for Texinfo ! This information can help to appreciate much
more all the work behind Texinfo. And no doubt Texinfo is more powerful
than we can imagine just after a first use.

I continue to study Texinfo. For the moment, I don't measure all the
scope of this task. I have a little bit idea of the time of that but I
prefer to not mention it for the moment. No doubt free software reveals

Vincent Breton
On 15/11/2021 17:31, Gavin Smith wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 09:09:12PM +0100, Vincent Breton wrote:
>> Good evening,
>> I wrote an article about Texinfo. Its 2 tablesĀ  can be useful for
>> example for people who likes to start discovering or exploring a list of
>> TeX commands with a real application as Texinfo. The texinfo.tex is a
>> file used by Texinfo source files to generate with TeX PDF files. For
>> HTML, Texinfo don't use TeX but its own scripts in Perl.
>> You can download my article here:
>> Best regards,
>> Vincent Breton
> Good to see your interest in Texinfo.
> Note that some of these commands sequences are TeX primitives, some
> come from plain TeX, and others are Texinfo's own definitions.
> Also note that a "command word" in TeX only has letters, so in
> \vskip4pt the command is just \vskip.
> If you are interested in analysing TeX files, some others to look at might
> be plain.tex and LaTeX macros.  You might find them installed on your
> computer under a directory like /usr/share/texmf/tex or /usr/share/texlive.
> It could potentially be interesting to see which are the most used commands.

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