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Re: [Groff] inconsistency between .R and \*R in man.tmac

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] inconsistency between .R and \*R in man.tmac
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 10:37:33 +0100 (CET)

> > It is important in such instances to specify font in terms of font
> > position rather than using "R".  That way you can change the fonts
> > in an entire production by changing a few lines in the macro file
> > instead of searching an entire book.  Using "\fR" instead of "\f1"
> > would give Times Roman instead of returning to New Century
> > Schoolbook Roman.  That'll really screw up a production manual.
> I thought the correct way to handle this was
>   .fp 1 R NewCenturySchlbk-Roman
> and from then on both \f1 and \fR would refer to the same font.

Indeed, but this is a groff extension Clarke is probably not aware of.

An even better way is to use styles and families to fully avoid direct
handling of font positions.  Of course, this is another groff


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