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Re: Italic display in less
Christopher Berardi wrote:
> when I view manpages, those words that are meant to be ITALIC come out
> as reversed video with a brown background.
It's more than less(1). The color is a function of the bytestream sent to
the terminal, and the terminal's capabilities. You can adjust quite a few
things about color and boldface with xterm options; it might be
interesting to experiment with. But see below.
When I press 'v' to invoke vi while reading the man page for less(1), I
_^HL_^He_^Hs_^Hs is a program similar
which is pretty clearly a series of underscore-backspace-letter, just like
overtyping on a paper terminal. Boldface is similar:
just overstriking. Is yours the same?
nroff(1) converts your mdoc man page source code into something
displayable on a tty. Its manual says:
"Only ascii, latin1, utf8, and cp1047 are valid arguments for the -T
option, selecting the output encoding emitted by grotty, groff's TTY
Thence to grotty(1):
"grotty emits SGR escape sequences (from ISO 6429, also called ANSI
escapes) to change text attributes (bold, italic, colors)."
Ah ha. Now we're talking. I think you'll find a lot to chew on there.
What I don't understand is how man(1) tells nroff/grotty what options to
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