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Summary of How Para Mode Works

Within Para Mode, it is easy to create new nodes and provide references for them. It might be more appropriate to call `Para mode' `Notetaker mode' except that the latter name is long.

What you do is create a Texinfo source file, using several helpful commands, and then move around the file using Para mode.

You can use Para mode as a convenient way to write Texinfo source files or as a hypertext-like system. In the latter case, you use Para mode to write `notes'. The rest of this document is designed for this use.

Notes are `nodes' in Texinfo. You reach such nodes either by following menus to them or by following cross references or by searching through the file for a regular expression within the node.

Para mode has special commands for writing cross references as well as for other tasks. A cross reference look like this: See section Cross References.

Para mode offers commands similar to those in Info mode, even though the file is in Texinfo format rather than in Info format. (This is a feature of Infosim mode from which Para mode derives.) Using the Info inspired commands, you can move forward and backward in the Texinfo file.

Using commands adapted from Texinfo mode, you can create a master menu of all the nodes in a file. In the menu, you can use the Emacs search commands to search for node names or for words mentioned in node names and thereby easily find a node on a specific topic.

If you wish, after creating your Texinfo file, you may convert it to an Info file or even print it out as hardcopy; or you may continue to use Para mode. (Note that this version of this file is not written to be run through TeX or converted to Info, although it might be possible to do that.)

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