[texdoc] [tex-live] texdoc feature idea: LaTeX package macros

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Thu May 20 11:10:12 CEST 2010

2010/5/20 Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr>:
> Le 20/05/2010 00:33, Karl Berry a écrit :
>>     What if the texdoc database
>>     were set up to map macro names to package documentation?
>> We should probably discuss this on the texdoc list.
> I was about to suggest that. Cc-ing the texdoc list and setting reply-to.
>> My initial reaction is that being able to look up by macro name would be
>> great, but perhaps it should be a different tool instead of integrated
>> into texdoc, especially for the sake of collisions.  I dunno.  Up to Manuel.
> I didn't think a lot, but it seems to me that it's better to have it integrated
> in texdoc, since essentially there would be a mapping macro -> package name,
> then the existing part of texdoc would do the mapping package name -> actual
> files. But I'm also afraid of collisions, so I was thinking of an option like
> texdoc --macro '\foobar' (with a better option name).
Yes, there will be collisions, e.g. \scalebox exists in two different
packages with slightly different syntax, \path exists in \url.sty and
\path.sty and is redefined in hyperref etc. It will have to be solved

> Anyway, I'm sorry but I didn't plan to do major changes in texdoc in the next
> few months (due to real-life occupation), but I'd be glad to discuss the idea
> now, if you don't mind waiting a bit for the implementation :)
> Manuel.

Zdeněk Wagner

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