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Re: [groff] 03/09: tmac/an-old.tmac: Stop remapping ` and '.

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: Re: [groff] 03/09: tmac/an-old.tmac: Stop remapping ` and '.
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:41:32 +1100
User-agent: NeoMutt/20180716

Hmm, I made a rather important and regrettable thinko in my list of
proposed sources of action.  Let me fix it.

At 2020-10-31T14:18:25+1100, G. Branden Robinson wrote:
> No release has been made and several courses of action are possible.
> 1. Advise distributors and direct consumers of groff releases to apply
>    the remappings in their site man.local (and mdoc.local[2]) files)
>    if they don't want to see the buggy man pages and (presumably)
>    participate in an effort to get them fixed.
> 2. Restore the remappings, but in our tmac/man.local.  Distributors and
>    direct consumers will have to perform a merge with their existing
>    files.
> 3. Restore the remappings to tmac/an-old.tmac, but make them
>    conditional on a register that defaults off.
> 4. Restore the remappings to tmac/an-old.tmac, but make them
>    conditional on a register that defaults on.
> 5. Revert the change[3] entirely.
> 6. Revert the change an un-fix the misuses of ` and ' in code specimens
>    that I've been repairing for the past few years.
> I posit (6) not because I think anyone is willing to admit to holding
> the position, but to establish an endpoint for the conservative
> continuum.  By symmetry I suppose there is a Molotov-hurling radical
> position (0), which is to make a parallel change in tmac/doc.tmac-u and
> say nothing about it in any form of release notes.  This is not my
> position but I think Ingo feared that it was.  He's accustomed to being
> alarmed by me.  :D
> I'd be happy with any of (1) through (4), with a mild grumbling
> crankiness increasing with the integers.  My biggest problem with (3)
> and (4) is thinking of a good register name (this is groff, so we need
> not limit ourselves to two characters).  I think any of the first
> four avenues merits some sort of mention in NEWS.
> What do you think?
> [2] But I haven't removed the remappings from mdoc yet, as Ingo noted.
> [3] 697e6db7fcacd403f5dde682002d02caa52e48df


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