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[bug #63768] want configurable URL scheme for man page hyperlinks

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: [bug #63768] want configurable URL scheme for man page hyperlinks
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2023 15:03:06 -0500 (EST)

Update of bug #63768 (project groff):

                Category:           Driver grotty => Macro man              
                Severity:              3 - Normal => 1 - Wish               
                 Summary: Configurable URL scheme for man page hyperlinks =>
want configurable URL scheme for man page hyperlinks


Follow-up Comment #3:

[comment #2 comment #2:]
> > It really looks to me like macOS doesn't have its story straight here.
> Sorry, I probably could've expressed those scheme variants better: those are
various other man-page URL schemes invented by authors over time:
> * Bwana is a standalone man page viewer for macOS
<https://www.bruji.com/bwana/>. Man page links use the URL format
"man:name.section", which is _almost_ compatible with Groff's.
> * ManOpen <https://github.com/donmccaughey/ManOpen> is a GUI viewer for man
pages that supports "x-man-doc://" as an alias of "x-man-page://".
> * Terminal.app is macOS's default terminal emulator, and also the program
registered to handle "x-man-page://" URLs (think xdg-open).
> Basically, I was stressing the diversity of URL formats we might end up
having to accommodate. Apologies for any confusion.

Thanks for clarifying this.  Nevertheless I don't see macOS freelance
developers and Apple as working completely independently.  Except when John
Sculley was in charge, Apple's always been terribly fond of walled gardens. 
Walled gardens centralize power.  Power implies responsibility (okay, so Jobs,
like Cook and most other chief executives, proved talented at escaping

I think the number of URL formats we have to accommodate for man pages should
_drop_, not increase.  Hence my simplistic solution in
https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/groff/2023-02/msg00021.html .

Also, administrivially, this is a wishlist item and nothing to do with
_grotty_; the output driver simply eats whatever the formatter feeds it in
this regard.


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