[TUHS] SunOS 4 documentation

Steve Simon steve at quintile.net
Fri Apr 14 02:34:44 AEST 2017

i haven't tried it in anger but bwk's pm(1) troff post-proscessor, which does paragraph at at a time layout, is available as a plan9 package. written in c++ so early that cfront will compile it.


> On 13 Apr 2017, at 15:14, Nemo <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12 April 2017 at 22:20, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> [..
>>> 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.
>> I'd like to learn more about that.  I'd done a ton of stuff in troff,
>> had to do a paper recently in LaTex and I did not find it at all better.
>> It was a technical paper, usual stuff, text and tables and figures
>> and references.  I'm not great at LaTex so maybe it's just my bias
>> but I really like troff.  In fairness, I like groff, I got James to hack
>> some stuff into pic for me.
>> But it started with troff.  I still remember walking out of the computer
>> science bookstore with a copy of the troff manual.  That was sort of my
>> introduction to Unix and it fits.
> I started off with troff (on Suns) and then the dep't installed (La)TeX.  I
> switched to LaTeX because I was writing math and it looks better in the
> latter (as Knuth intended).  I dabbled with TeX but never stuck to it -- too
> much like assembler.  Interestingly, the secretarial staff learnt TeX and
> the grad students all used LaTeX.
> At work, we once used noweb (and xfig and pstex) to document our code.
> This was well before doxygen and I think it worked fairly well (despite the
> extra steps).
> N.

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