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Re: [Groff] Nesting macro calls in mdoc

From: Ruslan Ermilov
Subject: Re: [Groff] Nesting macro calls in mdoc
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 21:36:18 +0300
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On Fri, Mar 22, 2002 at 04:19:30AM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> I've got a man page here, written in mdoc, which seems to nest macros
> correctly according to the documentation but generates an error. Can
> anyone shed any light on it? The line in question is:
>   .Ic Sq \&? .
> ... which should print the three characters `?' in a literal font
> followed by a dot. However, it produces this error message:
>   Usage: .Ic interactive_command ... (#102)
> Is it not possible to call quoting macros like Sq from other parsed
> macros? Is the punctuation they generate confusing matters? The problem
> doesn't seem to be unique to either .Ic or .Sq, so I'm wondering if I've
> missed something much more fundamental in groff_mdoc(7).
The correct command would be ``.Sq \&? .'', .Ic requires a text- or
punctuation-type argument.

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