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Re: [Groff] Divert into string variable

From: Carsten Kunze
Subject: Re: [Groff] Divert into string variable
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:46:32 +0100 (CET)

> > Yes.  But does this say that the diverted data can be accessed via \*(xx?
> It shouldn't be done.  Whether it *can* be done is an implementation
> detail.  In many languages you can create interesting effects by
> writing to an array with an out-of-bounds index.  That doesn't mean
> it *should* be done, and it's also not something usually advertised
> in language tutorials.
> > (As I said this is done in historical mdoc but does not work reliable.)
> Then mdoc is buggy and should be fixed.  ("Not work reliable" is a
> different expression for "it's badly programmed".)

To be fair--I refer to the first published mdoc release from 1993 :-)

The handling of diversions is "not optimal" but in general (IMHO) the
author had done an ambitious work with this macro package...

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