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Re: [Groff] another groff/troff compatibility question

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: [Groff] another groff/troff compatibility question
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 17:49:47 -0400 (EDT)

Andrew Koenig writes:
> They seem to have come in as part of PostScript support.
> I do indeed mean that they are special characters.

I just checked the Plan 9 troff manual, and they're not even listed
there, so it seems they're stealth additions. :-)

> It's nice to know that \(lq and \(rq are synonyms, but it
> would be even nicer if a future version of groff could support
> \(`` and \(''.  I am trying to get an existing document, which
> includes \(`` and \('' characters in it, to work with both troff
> and groff without changing the document itself.  I can change
> the macros that it uses, but that won't help me here.

In the meantime, I think you can do something like:

        .if ! \w'\(``' .tr \(``\(lq\(''\(rq

-Larry Jones

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