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Re: A file suffix for troff's output.

From: DJ Chase
Subject: Re: A file suffix for troff's output.
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 17:28:51 +0000

On Mon Apr 10, 2023 at 8:42 AM EDT, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> > > troff lays out its input.
> > > The input has been placed on the page.
> > > It is typeset.
> > > It is set.
> > >
> > >     troff >chapter.set
> >
> >     $ file chapter.set
> >     chapter.set: ditroff output text for PostScript, ASCII text
> >
> > Wouldn’t “.ditroff” be more appropriate?
> The question was what else to use other than .dit or .ditroff given
> Kernighan has ‘never been fond if it’.
> I don't like ditroff either.  It's too long as a suffix.  Given troff is
> tee-roff is it die-tee-roff, unfortunate, or dee-eye-tee-roff?  Both are
> long to say.

Since ditroff stands for “Device Independent troff”, what about
something like ‘dee-vie-roff’ or ‘di-vie-roff’ depending on how you
pronounce “device”?* I think we should avoid changing file suffixes as
much as possible, given that the *roff + macros suffixes are already out
of hand.

DJ Chase
They, Them, Theirs

* We could also abandon the whole “‘nroff’ is too hard to say because
god forbid we use a glide” (like how “children” and “oxen” are in the
same declension because “children” is really “childen” with an r sound
to make it easier to say) thing and start saying “roff”, “nerroff”,
“troff”, “groff”, and “ditroff”.

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