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Re: [groff] [Groff] It is time to modernise "groff"

From: Steve Izma
Subject: Re: [groff] [Groff] It is time to modernise "groff"
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:24:03 -0500
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On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 03:03:48PM -0500, Dave Kemper wrote:
> Subject: Re: [groff] [Groff] It is time to modernise "groff"
> On 9/4/17, G. Branden Robinson <address@hidden> wrote:
> > At 2017-08-31T20:54:10+0000, Bjarni Ingi Gislason wrote:
> >> p) Remove the '-a' option (the ASCII approximation output).
> As one use case, it's important for scripted regression testing.
> Running diffs on PostScript output is often not very illuminating, but
> running it on -a output easily enables you to home in on exactly what
> the typeset difference is between one run and another.

In decades of using groff, I'd never thought of this, but it's
definitely something I'll start to use.

> It also has one very valuable output property: outputting the string
> "<hy>" to represent hyphens that groff has inserted for word breaks,

Also very useful.

> Please do not remove the -a option.

I agree. I think it should stay.

        -- Steve 

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