# [tex-live] Makeindex, version 2.15 [TeX Live 2010] (kpathsea + Thai support)

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 3 14:42:18 CEST 2014


Robin Fairbairns wrote:

> given that makeindex dates back into the days when tex i/o was limited
> to tediously short lines, i don't find makeindex's short line breaks in
> the least surprising.

Well, yes, but the TeX Live 2013 version is dated 2010; one might have
thought that the 2010 update would have included line-lengths a little
more realistic in this day and age ...

> i would guess that the \item macro is supposed to close off the previous
> entry and start a new one.  that is, treat the text after \item as a
> paragraph to be terminated by the next \item (or, presumably, end of
> index, however that is flagged).

Indeed.  But as Makeindex interpolates things other than \item between
index groups for a single letter, and as there is (of course) no final
(empty) \item as the last line of the file, one cannot write a \item
macro that takes \item as its final delimiter.

** Phil.