[TUHS] O'Reilly groff macros (was: earliest Unix roff)

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Tue Sep 17 10:51:54 AEST 2019

FYI Which Dale and Tim used at Masscomp  4 years earlier.  That book was
originally modeled from Janet Eagans style guide which I still have.

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 8:11 PM Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at lemis.com> wrote:

> On Monday, 16 September 2019 at  0:20:46 -0600, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> >> 1.  Do you think there is any chance of obtaining these macro packages?
> >> Either from authors who haven't passed away, or from the publishing
> >> houses themselves?
> >
> > O'Reilly probably would. I can ask someone there, if there's serious
> > interest here.  They haven't used troff for book production for well
> > over a decade.
> The O'Reilly macro package was derived from the macros described in
> Dougherty and O'Reilly "UNIX Text Processing" (Hayden 1988).  I
> received a copy round 1993 for my book "Porting UNIX Software" (didn't
> we shout in those days?), and when we released the book under Creative
> Commons in 2005 or so, the macros were released with it.  It's
> available online as
> http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/PUS/tmac.Gbignuts.G
> In passing I should mention that they required me to use those
> macros.  At the time I wanted to use TeX, but they were "unwilling".
> I used groff, and I've never used TeX since: a dead baby duck.
> Greg
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