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Re: [Groff] [PATCH] groff_tmac(5): Discuss stripping macros.

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] [PATCH] groff_tmac(5): Discuss stripping macros.
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:17:36 +0000

I wrote:
> I'm talking specifically about the source of the word "groff", not all
> the uses of the word roff that litter.  CSTR 54 doesn't mention `roff'
> IIRC, e.g. to refer to the language.  GNU groff wasn't an FSF
> implementation of roff, but troff, etc.  Perhaps it's Bernd coinage. says

    GNU troff (groff) — a GNU project
    Groff (GNU troff) is a typesetting system...

It does not mention "roff".
There is no "GNU roff" project;  it's the GNU groff project.
Smells of retronym by the writer of history.  :-)
I think all "GNU roff" mentions in groff's source are plain wrong.
Most roff mentions are faulty for abusing a term that died out in the
1970s, along with Ossanna's roff program when it was superseded by
nroff and troff.

Cheers, Ralph.

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