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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 12:43:50 +1100 (AEDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.02 (LRH 1266 2009-07-14)

On Tue, 13 Oct 2020, Peter Schaffter wrote:

On Wed, Oct 14, 2020, Damian McGuckin wrote:
How many people use features of 'groff' that are not in 'troff'?

The mom macros rely heavily on extensions to groff that were implemented during Werner's term. Since many (most?) new groff users these days gravitate towards mom, I'd say quite a lot of people rely on those features.

Sorry, I was unclear. They 'rely' on them. And guru's like yourself 'use' them. My question should have been

        how many people directly 'use' features

Aren't those extensions hidden behind/under your excellent 'mom'? Does your average user really need to learn underlying 'groff'. My 2c.

I learned troff entirely from ctsr54. It is not for nothing that it remains the canonical starting point for exploring groff.

I have educated quite a few people to use groff by concentrating solely
on the interface that the Macros (and TBL and EQN) present. I did a tutorial document of how to use Troff/MM. If I get some time, I might hack it to use MoM. The only groff commands it used were '.br', '.sp'
and '.so'.

Prentice-Hall published _Troff Typesetting for UNIX Systems_
(Emerson, Paulsel) in 1987.  It's still available online.  It might
be the very thing the OP is looking for.

That reminds me I need to get Gehani's two volumes before they disappear from the face of the earth.

Regards - Damian

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