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3 Beginning and Ending a Texinfo File

This chapter expands on the minimal complete Texinfo source file previously given (see Short Sample).

Certain pieces of information must be provided at the beginning of a Texinfo file, such the title of the document and the Top node. A table of contents is also generally produced here.

Straight text outside of any command before the Top node should be avoided. Such text is treated differently in the different output formats: at the time of writing, it is visible in TeX and HTML, by default not shown in Info readers, and so on.