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Re: ms, then mm, then man (was: mm(7) DT string and super/subscripts)

From: Damian McGuckin
Subject: Re: ms, then mm, then man (was: mm(7) DT string and super/subscripts)
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2021 01:06:17 +1000 (AEST)
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On Tue, 10 Aug 2021, G. Branden Robinson wrote:

I need to correct myself here.  mm(7) is significantly older than I
thought.  As others have noted, and as I found in a Version 10 Research
Unix bibliography[1], we can date mm back to 1976.

That was the date of the first formal publication about those macros.

        Documentation tools and techniques
        J. R. Mashey, D. W. Smith
        ICSE '76: Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on Software
        October 1976 Pages 177-181
        Published:13 October 1976

(the PDF is available from the ACM).

Relying on what I can remember from a casual discussion with John Lions in 1979, I thought the MM macros existed in parts of Bell Labs well prior to that publication date. Exactly when, i.e. earlier in 1976 or even 1975, was not part of that discussion.

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