[TUHS] TeX/troff/typesetting markups - Re: SunOS 4 documentation

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Thu Apr 13 12:25:02 AEST 2017


On 2017-04-12 10:16 PM, Steve Nickolas wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Apr 2017, Toby Thain wrote:
>
>> You can get really really close to that dream with TeX based tools
>> like LyX, etc (and indeed Blue Sky Research had a wysiwyg TeX system
>> back in the late 1980s).
>>
>> While troff can get stuff done in its area, for heavy duty work and
>> exacting typography, TeX's markup blows troff out of the water, I am
>> afraid.
>
> Heh, yeah. I'd defy anyone to typeset a Bible with troff, but I did it
> reasonably well with XeLaTeX.

I did a 400+ page novel in it once. This had a few benefits. One was 
that the same markup could generate double spaced typewriter-style 
printouts for the novelist to bind and scribble his corrections on, 
while at the same time producing the final plate-ready negatives for the 
printer.

Sadly I'm not called much to use it any more but it's a tangible 
pleasure when I do.

(Although I have to say that I don't like CMR much.)

--T

>
> -uso.
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