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Re: [Groff] Back to the future

From: Clarke Echols
Subject: Re: [Groff] Back to the future
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:56:01 -0700
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On 03/06/2014 07:29 AM, Keith Marshall wrote:
I've kept out of this debate, until now, primarily because I've yet to
formulate a defined opinion as to where I stand.  However, I would like
to contribute a couple of pennyworth, at this juncture.

SGML technologies certainly have their place, but while they continue to
generate disgustingly laid out, barely legible, and just downright
broken output, such as this example:

from Eric's own stable, I suspect that the continued future of page
oriented formats remains assured.

What a splendid example of what happens when history is ignored (as is
the case in so many US federal laws) in exchange for political
expediency (and undeserved voter support).

SGML is a standard mark-up language.  It assumes the SGML will be
used as a basis for physical layout by means of an external DTD, as
in "document type definition.

HTML, a derivative of SGML, benefits greatly from the use of CSS
(cascading style sheets), and I can do a lot with CSS that I can do
with groff, though it's not as easy.  I'm very much a fan of
conventional groff with its enhancements.

I also dislike reading ebooks on a screen.  I nearly always print
them out so I can be comfortable and mark the text with pens or
highlighters.  If I can't get a book in paper and can't print from
an ebook "reader", most of the time I won't buy the book.

And cloud storage makes me nervous because your documents are
always subject to being erased -- especially if you pay a
subscription fee for the service -- and are gone from history.


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