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Re: [TUHS] [TUHS/groff] Provenance of .SB macro in man pages

From: reed
Subject: Re: [TUHS] [TUHS/groff] Provenance of .SB macro in man pages
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:13:44 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.21 (NEB 202 2017-01-01)

On Sun, 26 Jan 2020, G. Branden Robinson wrote:

> I'm inlining my findings in rendered and source form below, but there's
> one feature I haven't been able to sort out--where did .SB (small bold)
> come from?  The oldest groff release I can find online is 1.02 (June
> 1991), and .SB is already there, but I can't find it anywhere else.  Is
> it a GNUism?  Did it perhaps appear in a proprietary Unix first?

I see .SB used in the 
C Manual - Language
Edited by R.P.A. Collinson
Document No: DOC/UNIX.K3.10/1
and UKC IO Library docs also from Collinson at Univ. of Kent.
as found in the usenix-78-uk1 tape.
Maybe that is uk1.tar at

I also see a SB Stymie Bold font in v7 troff.

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