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Re: Learning troff - where to start?

From: Damian McGuckin
Subject: Re: Learning troff - where to start?
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:41:59 +1100 (AEDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.02 (LRH 1266 2009-07-14)

On Wed, 14 Oct 2020, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

On Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 11:12:26 +1100, Damian McGuckin wrote:
On Wed, 14 Oct 2020, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

I do, notably the PostScript display requests.

If you mean the

        \X'ps: file ....'

OK. Point taken although older troff could handle that also from
memory.  But it is so long ago, I cannot remember how.

Yes, that's the way it is for me too.  I wrote the macros about 25
years ago for "The Complete FreeBSD", and I haven't looked at them in
over 10 years.  I did today, and I found it a real rat's nest of
documentation.  Strangely the macro code was much more readable.  But
that brings us back to where we came in: where is there
well-structured documentation for the current groff?

Agreed.  It is not there.

Maybe the old O'Reilly book needs a revision?

Would O'Reilly release the source code of the book so it could be updated?

I wrote a book on how to write reports using troff with MM. I then started writing my own book in 1985 on Troff and the various preprocessors but as soon as I saw UTP, gave up.

I liked 'lout'. Very clean. Jeffrey Kingstonm was just down the road from the office. Smart guy.

Regards - Damian

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