[TUHS] Who used *ROFF?

Nemo cym224 at gmail.com
Sun May 13 23:52:49 AEST 2018


On 12/05/2018, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> > From: Nemo
>
> > I have read that one of the first groups in AT&T to use early Unix was
> > the legal dep't, specifically to use *roff to write patent applications.
> > Can anyone elaborate on this or supply references?
>
> Are you familiar with the description in Dennis M. Ritchie, "The Evolution of
> the Unix Time-sharing System":
>
>   https://www.bell-labs.com/usr/dmr/www/hist.htm
>
> (in the section "The first PDP-11 system")? Not a great deal of detail,
> but...

Yes -- that was (is) the source that I read.  I was hoping for anecdotes
and the such from someone who was there.

> > It would also be interesting to learn how the writers were taught *roff,
> > what editors were used
>
> I'm pretty sure 'ed' was the only editor available at that point.

"Ed, man!"  #6-)

N.

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>     Noel
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