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Re: [Groff] Various Comments of the UTP Book

From: Michael Hobgood
Subject: Re: [Groff] Various Comments of the UTP Book
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 12:48:56 -0600

On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 02:59:10PM +0000, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> Hi,
> Chapter 12 starts with a .page that has more than the page number on it,
> I think it should match the rest of the .pages.

Indeed it should.  I flat missed this.

> If .do-page is used then the formatting of the book hangs somewhere
> around the `ig ,' in ch14.t.  A poorly placed .page perhaps?  -mtrace
> helps a bit here.

I had many problems with .do-page, but nothing that hung up processing.
The problems I had mostly concerned vertical spacing being different
when .do-page was enabled, and page numbers being discarded, depending
where in the file they were.  Myself and a few others put the page
numbers exactly where they occurred, even if it were in a table etc.
These, I remember, were lost.  You will find several errors, inconsistent
numbers and locations etc. Regardless, I will try to track this down. 

> The first page of the book proper, i.e. the title page, has a page
> number at the top, as does the following page.

This demonstrates my ignorance of troff.  Someone care to show me how
to get it to not put page numbers on it?

> The first page of a chapter has the page number in the footer at the
> bottom and the header at the top.
> The text of Fig. 4.2, p. 60, seems strangely butted up against the left
> hand edge of the box.

Actually, what they are showing in this figure is raw formatted nroff.
The demonstration is to point out that nroff gave a default page offset
of 0, leaving no left margin.  Refer to page 70 in the original book.

> p. 259, the pic showing the dependencies of `Manual' has the text too
> big for the boxes.

The problem is in Chapter 10, which immediately precedes this one.
I'll take bets that I never bothered to reset anything at the end
of the chapter, and those effects are carried over to subsequent 
chapters.  My apologies.  I will fix these as soon as possible.
This chapter (chapter 11) groffs okay by itself, and the text is placed

> The heading at the bottom of p. 259 has no following text.  Should
> headings of a certain level `keep together' with their following item?

I'm not getting anything that resembles this.  It may be caused by other

Michael Hobgood

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