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[Groff] Is there a Groff HOWTO?

From: Dean Allen Provins
Subject: [Groff] Is there a Groff HOWTO?
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 14:26:39 -0700 (MST)

Fellow groff users:

It occurred to me that there was no groff HOWTO (at least I couldn't locate
one this morning).  Consequently, it would be difficult for new users to
get started with groff and friends (or so it seemed to me, based on my
personal experience).  

Had I not had a copy of UNIX Text Processing (now out of print, I believe),
and didn't have Ted Harding to answer a few questions (thanks Ted), I might not 
using it today.

Admittedly, I use only the MS macros (with some customization), and a few
troff commands, but I can get documents out that look consistently great.

For potential new users (I'm imagining a burgeoning Linux community), a
HOWTO to get them started would be very desirable.  The MAN pages are
excellent, but some easy to follow examples might 'kick-start' new users in
out direction.  The various postscript documents at W. Richard Stevens'
Home Page:, cover most everything of course,
and perhaps they are all that is needed.  In fact, if they are not being
included with the groff release, perhaps they should be.

If there is a HOWTO, and I don't know about it (quite possible), please
advise and I'll find something else to do.  If there isn't, I'm willing to
put some time into it (hopefully with some contributions from others) so as
to create one.

I welcome your comments.


Dean Provins

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