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Re: [Groff] Mission statement

From: Peter Schaffter
Subject: Re: [Groff] Mission statement
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:24:10 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sun, Mar 16, 2014, Ted Harding wrote:
> In this reply, I would like to comment on my principal need for
> replacing integer arithmetic...

Your description of the hoops you have to jump through to get
groff/eqn to perform in what, sadly, is still a suboptimal manner
was terrific.  I couldn't decide whether to laugh with recognition
or cry in sympathy.

Groff throws a *lot* of curves like that at users, particularly
macro writers.  The problem extends beyond the simply incorrect

  .nr temp 7/3  -->  \n[temp]=2

(sorry, Johnny, no gold star today; you'd better go back and read
up on division) to requests that behave in such an off-puttingly
counter-intuitive manner they actively discourage the adoption of
groff.  Addressing what a friend of mine once called "groff's sack
of gotchas" is vitally important if groff is to have an active

Peter Schaffter

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