[TUHS] earliest Unix roff
lm at mcvoy.com
Sat Sep 14 12:02:40 AEST 2019
> > slightest interest in scrapping Unix. Therefore, we transliterated
> > the roff text formatter into PDP-11 assembler language, starting from
> > the PDP-7 version that had been transliterated from McIlroy???s BCPL
> > version on Multics, which had in turn been inspired by J. Saltzer???s
> > runoff program on CTSS.
As a *roff guy to the core, to this day, I'd love to see any docs on the
Multics version and/or the CTSS version.
Roff has some pretty sophisticated stuff (environments come to mind) that
I think 99.9% of the CS world doesn't understand (sort of like my rant
on SCCS, most people didn't look hard enough to get it. I'm not sure
that I get roff environments to this day but I kinda do).
I'd love to see the docs on that early stuff and see if Joe Ossanna
added in his own magic or was he carrying forward earlier magic.
P.S. I love this list for this stuff, I'm an old retired guy that
wishes he could have helped birth Unix. Hanging out with the people
who were there is super fun.
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