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Re: PostScript to ASCII

From: Lar Kaufman
Subject: Re: PostScript to ASCII
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 93 12:34:20 -0500

> In view of Jon's very convincing mail, looks like I'll have to
> write an ASCII back end for the next version (sigh).  This is
> not a promise, although it might become one later.

Very useful, I should think.  I use gtroff -a to get
groff-formatted books into textbook ASCII output.  (We make
these available for browsing from braille consoles, etc.) 
By textbook ASCII, I mean that non-ASCII characters are
represented by symbol strings (bullet represented as <bu>,
dagger footnote symbol represented as <dg> etc.) and the
ASCII text breaks pages in the same place the PostScript
document would (including respecting the page breaks forced
by graphics).  Works well, except it trashes tables pretty


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