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Re: [Groff] Filofax Calendar

From: Robert Thorsby
Subject: Re: [Groff] Filofax Calendar
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 09:04:27 +1100

On 2004.11.27 08:05 John Poltorak wrote:
I guess my question consists of two parts:-

Can I use GROFF to create a diary?

I have just made a traditional calendar using groff where each day contains a tide chart. Groff was used as the layout engine and the actual contents were generated using the xtide application, the cal application and a bash script.

Briefly, my method was to create each different page layout (in my case, four) by hand (ie, in a text editor). Each of those files, which are ordinary text files, consisted of slabs of static text including static markup text interspersed with chunks of dynamic text (ie, contents generated by other applications). The bash script called the various applications, manipulated their output (using mainly sed and awk), and then assembled the "raw" groff files (in my case, 13 of them). Finally, the bash script processed each of the output files through groff either to produce postscipt files for later printing or to print directly to a postscript printer.

Does GROFF support the Filofax paper size?

Groff "merely" turns ordinary text into postscript (or a number of other languages and formats) and, therefore, anything that can be done in the destination language or format can be done via groff -- although you may need guru status (or a lot of help) to do some things. So, like postscript, groff supports by description many (most) imperial, metric and US paper sizes and, in addition, it supports by specifying dimensions ANY paper size.

Robert Thorsby

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