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Re: [DRAFT] introduction to *roff concepts

From: John Gardner
Subject: Re: [DRAFT] introduction to *roff concepts
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:16:00 +1100

> proportionally-spaced font

The correct term is "proportional font".

The term "tabulation stop" seems overly pedantic

Agreed. I'd shorten it to tab stop <>

On Tue, 13 Oct 2020 at 17:42, Dave Kemper <> wrote:

> On 10/10/20, G. Branden Robinson <> wrote:
> > I predictably forgot to attach my patch when I mentioned my pending
> > rewrite of the first section of the "gtroff Reference" chapter of our
> > Texinfo manual, and since it was a digression anyway I thought I'd give
> > it a new thread.
> This patch is up to your usual high standards of clarity and
> readability.  Every change here improves the text it replaces.  I
> spotted only a couple of minor glitches:
> "...closing a the body of..."
> "Remember that... after a true conditional... and whitespace on the
> same input line is interpreted as if it were on an input line by
> itself."  I'm not quite able to parse this; it appears something was
> left out.
> And then some style nits, because I'm me:
> "proportionally-spaced fonts" should lose its hyphen.  I'd stick a
> hyphen after the first word of "natural language text."  You might
> consider this part of the ice-cream-cone exemption, but this phrase
> seems to benefit more from the parsing aid.
> The term "tabulation stop" seems overly pedantic in light of the fact
> that the full word "tabulation" is already used earlier in the
> sentence and its shorter and more common form already introduced.
> The placement of some of the @footnote{}s relative to periods in the
> text is inconsistent; that is, sometimes it is
>   ...end of sentence.@footnote{Note.}
> and sometimes
>   ...end of sentence@footnote{Note.}.
> The Wikipedian in me prefers the first style, but consistency is what
> matters.

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