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Re: [Groff] Introduction

From: Meg McRoberts
Subject: Re: [Groff] Introduction
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 03:26:19 -0700 (PDT)

Maybe this tool should not be incorporated into groff
but done separately...  XMetal and the like aren't part
of XML...  I think I like the idea of groff remaining
"pure" anyhow, and it might spare us some bureaucratic

Theoretically, one could develop the front-end as a commercial
product, right?  I'm not sure there's a good business case for
it, but keeping it distinct from groff makes sense to me.

Side note -- Warren's mail went to my Bulk mailbox.  Now why
did this get flagged when they miss the pornography that so
often arrives on this list?  Sigh.


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> As far as formal copyright is concerned, I'm not sure of the
> implications. That script is basically the one which I use all the
> time, with some strictly local details stripped out; but it's
> still somewhat specific to the way I use it. As a general resource,
> it would need some "generalisation". As it stands, people can see
> how it works. There's a little bit of intricacy at its core, which
> is the key to how it works, but the general purpose of posting it
> was that others can make whatever changes they need to adapt it to
> their own way of doing things. For what it's worth, it is as much
> yours as it is mine.
> But once such a thing gets a "copyright assignment", does that
> then put it into the grip of the GNU GPL or the like? With the
> implication that if anyone makes a change and then passes on
> the revised version, there must be the canonical reference to
> the original sources or traceback thereto? Etc.?
> If there are such implications, then I'd be a bit uneasy; that
> seems like overkill!
> While I'm a devotee of the principles of Free Software, and for
> all that I recognise the protection that GPL etc. provide for
> these principles, I'm also a devotee of Freedom From Bureaucracy!
> (This also connects to UTP, which Meg mentioned, and I'll post
> separately about that when I've had a bit more think ... ).
> Best wishes to all,
> Ted.
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