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Re: [Groff] Mission statement, second draft

From: Deri James
Subject: Re: [Groff] Mission statement, second draft
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:54:13 +0000
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On Wed 19 Mar 2014 20:29:12 Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> > If I have misunderstood Eric's intentions with regard to the purpose of 
> > introducing the .hygiene command, then it would be very helpful if he
> > could  elucidate further.
> The reason to write .hygiene isn't doclifter, it's to allow other people
> to write specialized man page renderers that could be two orders of 
> magnitude *simpler and faster* than doclifter.  That can't happen now
> because every viewer has to be nearly a full troff emulator.

So, this change won't just affect the very small number of pages which 
doclifter can't cope with, but a much larger percentage in order to be of 
use to other renderers which will not have the AI that is built into Doclifter. 
Any feel for how many man pages would be affected by the .hygiene 
command? If you supplied a list of which groff commands you would expect 
to turn off for man pages, we could do the research ourselves, to save 
putting work on you.


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