This is the documentation for InfView.
Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Salvador Eduardo Tropea
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Use the cursor arrows to move the cursor over the link (yellow words) that you want and press ENTER.
Press F5 to use all the available screen.
The following master menu lists the major topics in this documentation, including all the indices.
First time I used the info viewer from GNU I really hated it. I don't doubt that info is a powerful browser, but isn't so easy to use. The interface is unclear and isn't intuitive at all.
My first solution was to create a converter to translate the info files to the Norton Guides format. The program can be found in SimTelnet, but the problem is that this format have some limitations and you need a browser for it. Even when there are shareware browsers that's a problem.
So my next attempt was to make a browser like the one used by the Turbo Vision library. And the result was InfView. InfView provides a very easy to use interface without loosing power.
The main features of InfView are:
*Noteand other confusing things of the info format.
|Arrows||Moves the cursor. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Page Up||Previous page of the topic. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Page Down||Next page of the topic. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Home||Move cursor to the first column. Holding shift selects the text.|
|End||Move cursor to the last character in the line. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Ctrl+Right arrow||Next word. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Ctrl+Left arrow||Previous word. Holding shift selects the text.|
|Tab||Move to the next link (from the cursor position).|
|Shift+Tab||Move to the previous link (from the cursor position).|
|Alt+F1||Go to the last viewed topic.|
|Ctrl+l||Repeat the last search.|
|Alt+F10||InfView control . dialog window.|
|Ctrl+p||Go to the "previous" link.|
|Ctrl+n||Go to the "next" link.|
|Ctrl+u||Go to the "up" link.|
|Ctrl+t||Go to the "top" link.|
|Ctrl+d||Go to the directory.|
|Ctrl+o||Jump to node .|
|Alt+b||Goes to the Bookmarks . dialog.|
|Ctrl+f||Goes to the Configuration . dialog.|
|Alt+i||Copies the include name to the clipboard (for the libc help).|
|1-9||Take the link 1 to 9.|
|0||Take the last link available in that topic.|
|a-z A-Z||Select the next link that starts with this letter. The editor uses an incremental search so you can type various letters until you reach the desired item|
Go To Window:
You must enter the exact name of the topic that you want in the following format:
(libc)printfwill go to the printf help.
This option will show you a window with all the nodes available in the current help file. You'll be able to select any of them and pressing ENTER you'll jump to that node.
The names are alphabetically sorted and pressing the first letters of the name of the node you'll be guided to the desired node.
2.3 Control dialog
This dialog controls the navigation in InfView. The dialog contains the following buttons:
|Next||Moves to the next node in the help|
|Previous||Moves to the previous node in the help|
|Up||Moves one node up in the help's hierarchy|
|Prev. Hist.||Goes to the previously visited node|
|Nodes List||Shows a list of all the nodes to choose one|
|Bookmarks||Goes to the Bookmarks . dialog|
|Configuration||Goes to the Configuration . dialog|
|Open Info||Opens a dialog to browse the disk and choose any file to load|
|Hide||Hides the control dialog|
2.4 Bookmarks dialog
This dialog allows to save the names of the nodes that you use frequently. You can save as many node positions as you want and they will be restored next time you run the editor. The marks can be
deleted from this window too.
2.5 Configuration dialog
This dialog configures how InfView shows the text in screen.
Currently there are two settings:
InfView have various search options, these options are grouped in two sections. The first indicates how the search will be make:
InfView supports compressed info files. For that they must have one of the following extentions
Additionally they must be compressed with GNU's gzip and gzip must be installed in your system and in your search path.
Compressing the files under Linux or Windows 95 (with LFN=Y) is relative
easy because you only need to compress the files and they will have the
gz extention added. Under plain DOS is a little harder because a file called
file.i1z and will have the same name as a compressed file that had the following name
file.i1. To fix that you must first rename the files to have
the following format:
file.nn. Then you must edit the first file to fix the
Indirect table to reflect the changes.
4 About the Author
E-Mail: Salvador Eduardo Tropea Telephone: (+5411) 4759-0013 Postal Address: Salvador E. Tropea Curapaligüe 2124 (1678) Caseros - 3 de Febrero Prov: Buenos Aires Argentina