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Re: [Groff] ASCII Minus Sign in man Pages

From: Mike Bianchi
Subject: Re: [Groff] ASCII Minus Sign in man Pages
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 10:20:43 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Thu, May 04, 2017 at 11:30:20AM +0100, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> > > But - has always meant hyphen in pre-groff troff because it's a lot
> > > more common to want a hyphen in writing than a minus sign.
> >
> > _I_ would claim this interpretation was a mistake.
> Well, 7th Ed. documents that have `.if n' and `.if t' use - for an
> English hyphen and \- for a numeric minus, e.g.
>       :

Just to be clear, I am _not_ saying that wasn't how it was documented and
implemented.  I am just saying that it has made the world more complicated than
_I_ would like.  Typing \(hy for hyphen would have been a heavy burden,
especially in the absence of the  .char  groff extension.

Probably the best solution available now is fixing any incorrect documentation
so as to speak truth.

 Mike Bianchi

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