(texinfo)Master Menu Parts
Parts of a Master Menu
A "master menu" is a detailed main menu listing all the nodes in a
A master menu is enclosed in `@menu' and `@end menu' commands and
does not appear in the printed document.
Generally, a master menu is divided into parts.
* The first part contains the major nodes in the Texinfo file: the
nodes for the chapters, chapter-like sections, and the appendices.
* The second part contains nodes for the indices.
* The third and subsequent parts contain a listing of the other,
lower level nodes, often ordered by chapter. This way, rather
than go through an intermediary menu, an inquirer can go directly
to a particular node when searching for specific information.
These menu items are not required; add them if you think they are a
convenience. If you do use them, put `@detailmenu' before the
first one, and `@end detailmenu' after the last; otherwise,
`makeinfo' will get confused.
Each section in the menu can be introduced by a descriptive line. So
long as the line does not begin with an asterisk, it will not be
treated as a menu entry. (Note: Writing a Menu, for more
For example, the master menu for this manual looks like the following
(but has many more entries):
* Copying:: Texinfo is freely
* Overview:: What is Texinfo?
* Texinfo Mode:: Special features in GNU Emacs.
* Command and Variable Index::
An entry for each @-command.
* Concept Index:: An entry for each concept.
--- The Detailed Node Listing ---
Overview of Texinfo
* Info Files:: What is an Info file?
* Printed Manuals:: Characteristics of
a printed manual.
Using Texinfo Mode
* Info on a Region:: Formatting part of a file
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