[TUHS] [Groff] It is time to modernise "groff"

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Tue Sep 5 07:53:54 AEST 2017


Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon at orthanc.ca> wrote:
 |> On Sep 4, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Jon Steinhart <jon at fourwinds.com> wrote:
 |> The groff folks did a great job of maintaining compatibility.  My \
 |> wish list
 |> for changes is pretty small.  It would be nice to have some additional
 |> features in pic.  And it would be good to be able to use any Unicode \
 |> character.
 |
 |The Plan9 *roffs handle UTF-8 natively.  I thought the Heirloom Tools \
 |version of troff had been extended to do so as well?  But I have never \
 |used the latter, so what do I know ...

The groff list had some interesting ideas how this could be
achieved for groff, too.  And those tools can UTF-8 input.
They also can other things, if you go for using them.  They can
not generate the output for my (simple) macros that these generate
for groff, the traps do not work the same, but i never really
digged into that.  They can also TrueType fonts.  And they have
a nice simple build system.  All this would be great to have for
groff.

--steffen
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