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texinfo 7.0.3; the main menu is missing in HTML output.


From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: texinfo 7.0.3; the main menu is missing in HTML output.
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2023 21:16:36 +0000

Hello, help-texinfo.

In texinfo-7.0.3, my main menu (a long menu starting with @menu and
ending with @end menu) is not getting output in my HTML output.  This is
failing to happen even with an older version of my .texi file which
previously generated an HTML main menu under an earlier version of
texinfo.

On page "menus" in the texinfo manual appears:

    "Menus" contain pointers to subordinate nodes.  In Info output, you use
    menus to go to such nodes.  Menus can be used in HTML output but are not
    used in the default case.  Menus have no effect in printed manuals and
    do not appear in them.  Menus are ignored in DocBook output.

which I find confusing.  The first occurrence of "use" is talking about a
user using a menu whilst reading an Info document.  The next sentence,
sadly in the passive voice, says "Menus ... in HTML output ... are not
used in the default case".  What does this sentence mean?  Who or what is
doing this "using" and what is the nature of this use?

Does this sentence mean that @menu ... @end menu by default produces no
output in HTML?  After a long frustrating search, I could find no
directions to override this default, if that's what it means.

Please help me get my main menu back again in HTML!

Thanks!

-- 
Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).



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