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Re: [Groff] mdoc and punctuation

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] mdoc and punctuation
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 22:14:16 +0200 (CEST)

> I sent a bug report to OpenSSH [1] about the use of ".Ql ?" when the
> desired output was "'?'" rather than "''?". I got a response back
> claiming that the output I saw wasn't reproducible under any of the
> BSDs, and asking whether this was not in fact a bug in groff.

It's not a bug, it's a logical extension.  The old BSD mdoc macros are
not consequent here for reasons beyond my knowledge: Look at the `z.',
`z,', ... registers in old BSD's doc-common and you can see that `z!'
and `z?' are missing, while groff's mdoc has `doc-punct!' and

IMHO the OpenSSH team should apply your patch even if not necessary
for old BSD's mdoc macros.


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