The main purpose of Texinfo is to provide a way to easily typeset software manuals. Similar to the LaTeX syntax, all the normal features of a book, such as chapters, sections, cross references, tables and indices are available for use in documents. Using the various output generators that are available for Texinfo, it is possible to keep several documentation types up-to-date (such as on-line documentation provided via a Web site, and printed documentation, as generated using the TeX typesetting system) using only a single source file. As the manual notes, "TeX works with virtually all printers; Info works with virtually all computer terminals; the HTML output works with virtually all Web browsers. Thus Texinfo can be used by almost any computer user."
In order to make it possible for several documentation output formats to be updated all at once, upon changing the original Texinfo file, several syntax converters are available that can be used to generate transliterations of the Texinfo file into other formats. Most of these are created using the makeinfo program, which is part of the GNU Texinfo distribution.HTML
@". A sample of a part of a source file:
@top Short Sample
* First Chapter:: The first chapter is the
only chapter in this sample.
* Index:: Complete index.
The commands mark structure such as chapters or denote a part of the source to be processed only for certain types of output.
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