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Re: [Groff] Is there a Groff HOWTO?

From: Eddie Maddox
Subject: Re: [Groff] Is there a Groff HOWTO?
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 17:03:49 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 26 Dec 1999, Dean Allen Provins wrote:

> It occurred to me that there was no groff HOWTO (at least I couldn't locate

> 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 be

> troff commands, but I can get documents out that look consistently great.

> For potential new users (I'm imagining a burgeoning Linux community), a

I'm the lucky person who volunteered to learn web pages by doing the Groff
home page at: Now, it doesn't have a HOWTO either,
and if Ted doesn't know of one, there probably isn't one, yet.

I agree with all you've said. I don't know that much about Groff history
and usage, but I, too, see both a huge potential and poor user docs.

I would very much appreciate your help in improving this situation. Right
now I'm asking the others for help to figure out how to use the new Groff
HTML support. I want to write a tutorial on that. 

I would be glad to post a HOWTO from you on our Web site.

> 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 you could convert these to plain ASCII or HTML I'll post them, too.

> 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.

If the three of us could work on the user docs together, both online docs,
and what is in the Groff distro, I know Groff will find wider usage.
I don't handle the Groff distro, only the Web site.

Eddie Maddox

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