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Re: *roff `\~` support (was: [PATCH 4/6] xattr.7: wfix)

From: Ingo Schwarze
Subject: Re: *roff `\~` support (was: [PATCH 4/6] xattr.7: wfix)
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2022 16:15:54 +0200

Hi Branden,

G. Branden Robinson wrote on Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 11:23:11PM -0500:
> At 2022-08-12T16:30:01+0200, Ingo Schwarze wrote:

>> There are people using Plan 9 for practical work though, they have
>> even occasionally posted on the groff and mandoc lists, so that is a
>> bit more of a problem.

> plan9port's troff is no longer a problem, thanks to Dan Cross acting on
> my pull request at relativistic speed.

Nice.  :-)

> I also have a PR pending with Illumos.

Illumos isn't doing development on GitHub.

Besides, Illumos is less of a problem because they have been using
mandoc as the default manual page formatter since July 2014.

All the same, getting \~ supported in their general-purpose
roff implementation is no doubt nice to have, too.

That reduces my converns mostly to commercial UNIXes and potentially
to a few ad-hoc conversion tools we are not even aware of.
Consequently, the converns aren't 100% resolved yet but getting
closer to becoming theoretical concerns.  If it's only commercial
UNIXes and unknown tools that may break, the improved typesetting
quality may be worth the risk.


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