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Re: [groff] Regularize (sub)section cross references.

From: Pierre-Jean Fichet
Subject: Re: [groff] Regularize (sub)section cross references.
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:19:14 +0100
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Hello Ingo,
hello alls,

Ingo Schwarze <address@hidden> wrote:
> >>> \\$1 .tr aAbBcCdDeEfFgGhHiIjJkKlLmMnNoOpPqQrRsStTuUvVwWxXyYzZ
> >>> +.el      .tr aabbccddeeffgghhiijjkkllmmnnooppqqrrssttuuvvwwxxyyzz
> >> The problem with this, is that it ignores all but english languages.
> > Yup.  I'm aware of that, which is why I did not propose it as an
> > actual patch.

> I'm a native German speaker and i wouldn't worry about that at all.
> It would be good enough to just ignore that problem, it is really a
> fringe case.

While I agree with the facts that 1) translated manpages are rarely
up to date, 2) most people, and particularly those having to read manual
pages, speak english well enough for that task, and 3) computer science
is better understood in english than in native languages in most places,
I can't agree on the fact that a typographical enhancement of manual
pages should involve a regression for all languages but english.

I mean, people allready believe that groff/troff is a tool of the past,
they don't need to come back to the nineties when computers were unable
to display accented uppercase letters. Or should they ?

Kind regards,

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