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Re: "Writing my PhD using groff"

From: Larry McVoy
Subject: Re: "Writing my PhD using groff"
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 13:18:46 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.24 (2015-08-30)

On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 11:11:10AM -0500, G. Branden Robinson wrote:
> At 2022-07-24T15:45:46+0000, DJ Chase wrote:
> > On Sun Jul 24, 2022 at 8:06 AM EDT, G. Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > At 2022-07-24T03:17:44+0000, DJ Chase wrote:
> > > > I???ve never read the Texinfo manual; I learned *roff through Unix
> > > > For People,[1] then various online materials maybe half a year
> > > > ago. The turn-off for me was how cryptic all of the troff examples
> > > > (from any source) I saw were, and how it felt like I was always
> > > > fighting the typesetter to get it to do even basic things.
> > >
> > > As someone who's done a lot of work on the Texinfo manual (and other
> > > groff documentation) over the past 5 years, that is disappointing to
> > > hear.
> > 
> > I just read some of it. I wish I read it when it felt like I was
> > fighting with the typesetter ??? it???s very helpful.
> I should correct myself.  I've only been hacking on our Texinfo manual
> for about 4 years, so if you're looking at the one from groff 1.22.4, I
> deserve no credit for any helpful material you find there.  (There was
> already an immense amount!)

Am I the only person who thinks that have *roff documentation in a different
markup is crazy?

I wrote a couple source management systems, this is like I was storing
BitKeeper in Git.  That says I trust Git but not my own code.

Has anyone proposed redoing the texinfo stuff in Groff?  If not, why not?

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