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Re: Using texinfo for works that are not software-related

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Re: Using texinfo for works that are not software-related
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2023 04:52:25 +0200

Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 9:01 AM
From: "Oleander" <>
Subject: Re: Using texinfo for works that are not software-related
Correction: sys admin documentation is related to software obviously.
-------- Original Message --------
On Aug 29, 2023, 22:22, Oleander <> wrote:
Hello everyone!

> Does texinfo suit other works that are not software-related like sys
> admin documentation, lectures, long essays, fictional/non fictional
> books? From what I've read in the manual so far, it is possible to
> produce some of them but would you recommend it? Chapter 1 states:

>> Texinfo was devised specifically for the purpose of writing software
>> documentation and manuals. If you want to write a good manual for
>> your program, Texinfo has many features which we hope will make your
>> job easier. However, Texinfo is not intended to be a general-purpose
>> formatting program.

> If not, what markup do you prefer for works that are not
> software-related, without missing most of the good things texinfo
> provides? 

In its current state, I would not recommend it.  Use latex3  
from the Latex Project (  One can use
colour, images can be made floating, and everything works much better.

Texinfo is still mostly based on tho old tex substrate, and does not
work very well for non software documentation related things.


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