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Re: [Groff] Heirloom TBL problem

From: Blake McBride
Subject: Re: [Groff] Heirloom TBL problem
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:08:34 -0500

Also, why would the problem be in MM?  MM is working.  I think the problem
is in tbl.

On Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM, Blake McBride <address@hidden> wrote:

> 1.  I do use Heirloom troff and I often use MM.
> 2.  The current behavior is wrong, period.  The fact that changes are
> being made to Heirloom at all proves that it isn't a think of absolute
> perfection - not to be touched.  If this issue were reported back when MM
> was being developed, they would have fixed it.
> 3.  The proposed solutions are awkward, unnatural, and something one has
> to constantly remember.
> I think either tbl should use the .ll value, or the W register _after_ the
> load and _without_ having to set it from the command line.  .ll works with
> MM in Heirloom and groff.  Tbl should too.  It doesn't make sense to
> require all kinds of hoops just to get something as basic as .ll to work.
> Thanks!
> Blake McBride
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM, <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi Ralph,
>> > groff_mm(7):
>> >
>> >     PGFORM [linelength [pagelength [pageoffset [1]]]]
>> thank you!
>> If one *uses* heirlooms -mm macros and *really* needs that feature it
>> could be added.  Otherwise I would agree with Tadziu that initially setting
>> W should be sufficient.  The -ms macros had register LL, there must be a
>> reason that such a feature had not been put into AT&T's -mm (typography
>> rules?).
>> (The macro name PGFORM would than need a ".do xflag 3" at the beginning
>> of a heirloom roff document since with default settings only two character
>> identifiers are enabled.)
>> --Carsten

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