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Re: "Writing my PhD using groff"

From: DJ Chase
Subject: Re: "Writing my PhD using groff"
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 20:42:32 +0000

On Sun Jul 24, 2022 at 4:18 PM EDT, Larry McVoy wrote:
> 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?

(I by no means speak for Groff; correct me if this is wrong.)

It’s a bit different when it comes to documentation because:
  1. People might need to read the documentation for a format’s tools
     before they can read files in that format (this isn’t the case for
     Groff specifically, but a manual page isn’t always the best

  2. Some people prefer different formats and might be more inclined to
     use a tool if it’s documented in a format accessible to them

  3. There is also documentation written in *roff

DJ Chase
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