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Re: [Groff] fractional point sizes with -ms

From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey
Subject: Re: [Groff] fractional point sizes with -ms
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 11:15:21 +1030
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On Thursday,  8 January 2004 at 10:18:44 +0100, Werner LEMBERG wrote:
>> This is such an ugly hack, I urge you, please, please do not break
>> our beloved -ms this way.
> Well, show me another, *backwards-compatible* solution!  Otherwise I
> don't object if someone implements a new `msx' package...
>> Making assumption that point size < 300 and similar arbitrary
>> limitations is simply not the way to go.  Through history, there are
>> myriads of examples where similar limits have bitten back.  Badly.
> It's not a limitation.  Old documents which don't use point sizes >=
> 300pt don't need a change at all.  Other old documents have to append
> two zeroes to the number. 

An alternative which would make the exceptions much less likely would
be to scale by 1000, not by 100.  Then you could set the changeover
point to, say, 1000, which has the additional advantage of being a
more obvious boundary.

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