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Re: [Groff] Proper Small Caps.

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: [Groff] Proper Small Caps.
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:26:51 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Doug McIlroy <address@hidden>:
> > Thought it might be of interest given troff's
> > long-time S\s-2MALL\s0 C\s-2APS\s0, especially used in the formatting of
> > Unix.  IIRC, Dennis Ritchie said they did it because the CAT gave them
> > the possibility, but it was regretted for the UNIX/Unix confusion it
> > caused.
> I think this is urban legend. Small caps were not used in UNIX
> manuals or in the Bell System Technical Journal articles about
> UNIX. Fairly early on, we in the Unix lab began to treat Unix
> as a proper noun, but the lawyers had trademarked the uppercase
> name and got their way in many publications, including the books
> by Kernighan and Ritchie and Kernighan and Pike. U\s-2NIX\s0
> was very rare, if it ever happened at all.

Thank you for clearing that up.  It's a minor point, never worth 
bothering you about, but I've been wondering about it for decades.
                <a href="";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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