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Re: [Groff] developers only?

From: Tadziu Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Groff] developers only?
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 00:47:38 +0200
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> I'm printing the lyrics of a CD; I want it in 2-col; so I did
>       .2c
>       .nf
> I wanted groff to *not* join short lines but break long lines;
> Short lines were not joined, ok!
> But groff did not break the long lines :-))
> - Long lines in the first column invaded the second column
> - Long lines in the second column were truncated
> How do I get groff to split but don't join?
> I'm using -me and groff 1.17.2 (debian stable);

This is actually nontrivial.  Groff handles split & join (.fi)
and nosplit & nojoin (.nf), but not split & nojoin -- at least
not by itself, so we have to help it along a bit.  Here is a
somewhat crude method which has the disadvantage that you have
to precede every line with some text (i.e., .xx), but gives a
more pleasing output because each wrapped line is indented.
If you don't like the extra macro per line, the next step of
sophistication might be a higher-level macro that reads an
input line of text (using, e.g., an input line count trap)
and formats that line, repeating until it reaches some end

---- cut here ----
This is just some comaprison text to demonstrate the width of
the column.

.de xx
.ti 0
.in +2m
.xx A normal-length line of my favorite song
.xx A very very very very very very very very long line of my favorite song
.xx A short line
.xx A normal-length line of my favorite song
.in -2m
---- cut here ----

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