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Re: [Nmh-workers] manpage table help

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] manpage table help
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:38:44 +0000

Hi Ken,

> > > Also ... why, exactly, do we use \- instead of -?
> >
> > Because \- is a true minus sign in the current font whereas - is a
> > hyphen.
> >
> >    $ printf '1-2\n.br\n1\-2\n' | nroff | grep .
> >    1‐2 1−2
> >    $
> Ah, I see ... you get "-" producing U+2010 where \- makes U+2212.  I
> see that's what happens on my MacOS X system as well.  Thanks!

Right.  Of course, one likes to paste fragments of man page examples to
the command line and expect them to work, and argv[] processing tends to
prefer plain ol' - rather than either of those two you gave.  Colin
Watson, all-round good egg and Debian's man(1) maintainer, has
/etc/groff/man.local set up to turn \- into - if outputting to a utf8


That file does a few more things these days.

So use \- in the man page where you really mean the key next to 0 and it
should come out as usable on a terminal but still looking nice in a PDF.
(Proof-reading of man pages should always vet the Postscript/PDF

Cheers, Ralph.

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