InfView documentation for Version 0.2.7

September 2001

by Salvador Eduardo Tropea

This is the documentation for InfView.

Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Salvador Eduardo Tropea

This documentation may be freely distributed, provided this copyright notice is left intact on all copies.

  • 1 Features and motivation
  • 2 How to use InfView
  • 2.1 Jumping to any file or node
  • 2.2 Jumping to any node in the current file
  • 2.3 Control dialog
  • 2.4 Bookmarks dialog
  • 2.5 Configuration dialog
  • 2.6 Searching
  • 3 Compressed files
  • 4 About the Author
  • 5 Greetings

    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.

  • Features and motivation
  • How to use InfView
  • Compressed files
  • About the Author
  • Greetings
  • 1 Features and motivation

    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:

    2 How to use InfView

    Available Keys:

    ArrowsMoves the cursor. Holding shift selects the text.
    Page UpPrevious page of the topic. Holding shift selects the text.
    Page DownNext page of the topic. Holding shift selects the text.
    HomeMove cursor to the first column. Holding shift selects the text.
    EndMove cursor to the last character in the line. Holding shift selects the text.
    Ctrl+Right arrowNext word. Holding shift selects the text.
    Ctrl+Left arrowPrevious word. Holding shift selects the text.
    TabMove to the next link (from the cursor position).
    Shift+TabMove to the previous link (from the cursor position).
    Alt+F1Go to the last viewed topic.
    Ctrl+s Search .
    Ctrl+lRepeat the last search.
    Alt+F10InfView control . dialog window.
    Ctrl+pGo to the "previous" link.
    Ctrl+nGo to the "next" link.
    Ctrl+uGo to the "up" link.
    Ctrl+tGo to the "top" link.
    Ctrl+dGo to the directory.
    Ctrl+hThis help.
    Ctrl+g GoTo .
    Ctrl+o Jump to node .
    Alt+bGoes to the Bookmarks . dialog.
    Ctrl+fGoes to the Configuration . dialog.
    Alt+iCopies the include name to the clipboard (for the libc help).
    1-9Take the link 1 to 9.
    0Take the last link available in that topic.
    a-z A-ZSelect 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

  • Jumping to any file or node
  • Jumping to any node in the current file
  • Control dialog
  • Bookmarks dialog
  • Configuration dialog
  • Searching
  • 2.1 Jumping to any file or node

    Go To Window:

    You must enter the exact name of the topic that you want in the following format:

    For example: (libc)printf will go to the printf help.

    2.2 Jumping to any node in the current file

    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:

    NextMoves to the next node in the help
    PreviousMoves to the previous node in the help
    UpMoves one node up in the help's hierarchy
    Prev. Hist.Goes to the previously visited node
    Nodes ListShows a list of all the nodes to choose one
    BookmarksGoes to the Bookmarks . dialog
    ConfigurationGoes to the Configuration . dialog
    Open InfoOpens a dialog to browse the disk and choose any file to load
    HideHides the control dialog

    Additionally the dialog contains a list with the last 40 nodes visited, you can choose any of them with the mouse of the cursors.

    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:

    1. Hide '*Note' word: It hides the note tag used make makeinfo to indicate a cross reference.
    2. Hide real link name: It makes visible only the comment about the node and no the real name of the node.
    By default both are enabled and gives a cleaner text.

    2.6 Searching

    InfView have various search options, these options are grouped in two sections. The first indicates how the search will be make:

    The second indicates where to search:

    3 Compressed files

    InfView supports compressed info files. For that they must have one of the following extentions igz, gz, info.gz or inz. 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.i10 will become 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


    InfView was made by Salvador Eduardo Tropea (SET), with the help of Robert Höhne.

         E-Mail: Salvador Eduardo Tropea
         Telephone: (+5411) 4759-0013
         Postal Address:
         Salvador E. Tropea
         Curapaligüe 2124
         (1678) Caseros - 3 de Febrero
         Prov: Buenos Aires


    5 Greetings