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Re: [Nmh-workers] man page change review

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] man page change review
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:15:52 -0700

On 2012-10-16, at 7:53 PM, Ken Hornstein wrote:

> I'm not a troff/man guru by any means ... so I was wondering: why
> these changes?  I'm not complaining about them, it's more for my
> own understanding.  Example: I understand that .B and \fB do the
> same thing, but why is the former preferred?

There is software out there (xman, for starters) that tries to interpret raw 
manpage source for its own purposes.  These are not full-blown troff 
interpreters, so they can barf on text that uses low-level troff facilities.

It also makes the manpage source more readable for humans and grep.


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