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12.14.9 Plain lists in Texinfo export

The Texinfo export back-end by default converts description lists in the Org file using the default command @table, which results in a table with two columns. To change this behavior, specify :table-type with ftable or vtable attributes. For more information, see Two-column Tables.

The Texinfo export back-end by default also applies a text highlight based on the defaults stored in org-texinfo-table-default-markup. To override the default highlight command, specify another one with the :indic attribute.

Org syntax is limited to one entry per list item. Nevertheless, the Texinfo export back-end can split that entry according to any text provided through the :sep attribute. Each part then becomes a new entry in the first column of the table.

The following example illustrates all the attributes above:

     #+ATTR_TEXINFO: :table-type vtable :sep , :indic asis
     - foo, bar :: This is the common text for variables foo and bar.

becomes

     @vtable @asis
     @item foo
     @itemx bar
     This is the common text for variables foo and bar.
     @end table