The easiest way to write an
@node line is to write
at the beginning of a line and then the name of the node, like
If you are using GNU Emacs, you can use the update node commands
provided by Texinfo mode to insert the names of the pointers; or you
can leave the pointers out of the Texinfo file and let
insert node pointers into the Info file it creates. (See section Using Texinfo Mode, and section Creating Pointers with
Alternatively, you can insert the `Next', `Previous', and `Up' pointers yourself. If you do this, you may find it helpful to use the Texinfo mode keyboard command C-c C-c n. This command inserts `@node' and a comment line listing the names of the pointers in their proper order. The comment line helps you keep track of which arguments are for which pointers. This comment line is especially useful if you are not familiar with Texinfo.
The template for a node line with `Next', `Previous', and `Up' pointers looks like this:
@node node-name, next, previous, up
If you wish, you can ignore
@node lines altogether in your first
draft and then use the
texinfo-insert-node-lines command to
@node lines for you. However, we do not
recommend this practice. It is better to name the node itself
at the same time that you
write a segment so you can easily make cross references. A large number
of cross references are an especially important feature of a good Info
After you have inserted an
@node line, you should immediately
write an @-command for the chapter or section and insert its name.
Next (and this is important!), put in several index entries. Usually,
you will find at least two and often as many as four or five ways of
referring to the node in the index. Use them all. This will make it
much easier for people to find the node.
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