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Re: [groff] A few issues with mom's LIST macros

From: Ulrich Lauther
Subject: Re: [groff] A few issues with mom's LIST macros
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 23:10:27 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.0 (2017-09-02)

On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 03:04:29PM -0500, Peter Schaffter wrote:
> Ulrich --
> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017, Ulrich Lauther wrote:
> > 2) if ROMAN or roman is used without a trailing number, e.g., ROMAN instead 
> > of ROMAN7,
> >    the command ".tm1 "[mom]: You must append a number to the \\$1 argument 
> > to \\$0."
> >    should be invoced, but is not.
> > 
> > The small patch appended introduces
> >    LIST VARIABLE <width of largest enunerator>
> > and
> >    ITEM <enumerator>
> Entering the widest glyph literally rather than its width, which
> would have to be calculated, makes things simpler.  Furthermore, if
> the glyph is in double-quotes, users can add space to or subtract
> it from the gutter between the enumerators and the text with \*[FWD dist].
in my tests I used \w'<largest enumerator>', but yes, your solution is much 
convenient and elegant.
As I am not a versatile groff programmer, I was expecting that some polishing 
of my code was called for.
> Apply the attached, revised patch and test.

Yes, my tests, both VARIABLE list and error message related to ROMAN,
work nicely now.

Thanks a lot,

why do we have to use "ROMAN<n>" and not "ROMAN <n>", which would be easier to 
Historical reasons?

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