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Re: [Groff] Line-drawing escape

From: Clarke Echols
Subject: Re: [Groff] Line-drawing escape
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:25:34 -0700
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20061025)

If you are operating in no-fill mode, why not use .tc to define the
tab character?  You can then set up the left-right justification and
troff/groff replaces a tab character between left-hand and right-hand
text with a multiple series of the character defined by .tc.  You
have to use .ta <dimension> R to get the right-aligned segment where
<dimesion> identifies the location of the right-hand margin and R
indicates right-justified text to that margin.

This is commonly used when constructing a table of contents or index
page.  I think it's called a "leader" (fading memory :-) ).

Miklos Somogyi wrote:

I used this macro for inserting dots between left- and right aligned test, a la text1 ..... text2:

.de iD
\\$1  \\kx\\l'(\\n(.lu-\\nxu-\w'\\$2  'u).'  \\$2

It worked in troff, it works in groff.

I had an "insert space" version of this (replacing `.' with a space).
It worked in troff, but groff complains that `normal or special character expected (got a space)'.
\0 is a special character but no good either (got a node).

Is this a bug or a well-considered feature?
Is there a way to save this structure?

Well, I can always print text1 left-aligned and text2 right aligned, but still ...

Thank you,


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