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[Groff] groff in "follows GNU practices" scandal, was: weird ASCII forma

From: MJ Ray
Subject: [Groff] groff in "follows GNU practices" scandal, was: weird ASCII formatting output
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 12:55:41 +0100

On 2004-06-01 12:33:57 +0100 address@hidden wrote:

Well there's nothing obvious like a mention in the README that says
"check the file called NEWS because it's got useful info in it".

Have you never unpacked free software before? They nearly always should contain README, INSTALL, NEWS, TODO or BUGS and AUTHORS files, especially if they follow GNU coding standards. All of those may contain information that is useful to you. It seems unfair to pick on groff for not explaining this common practice to you. Go pick on the other people who produce the "content-free" NEWS files you complain about. They should put a list of user-visible changes in NEWS, at least.

Someone else may only read INSTALL, or only see the tar output. It's not really feasible to document common practices everywhere.

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