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Re: CVS commit: src/share/man/man9

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:04:40PM +0300, Valeriy E. Ushakov wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 19:42:42 +0100, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 09:26:07PM +0300, Valeriy E. Ushakov wrote:
> > > So i think that when you do the exercise of reinterpreting mandoc
> > > markup as semantic markup you should assign you abstract semantic
> > > accordingly.
> > 
> > I am not "reinterpreting mandoc markup". This is what is specified in
> > mdoc(7):
> > 
> >      -column  This list type generates multiple columns.  The number of col-
> >           umns and the width of each column is determined by the arguments
> >           to the -column list, <string1>, <string2>, etc.
> Shall we have exegetic discussion of the meaning of "is determined"? :)

Which part of that sentence is not clear?

> I did the RTFS and I summarized the results in my previous mail.  I
> find my interpretation, supported by troff semantic and actual
> observable behaviour consistent and useful.

TFS allows a lot of things, whether they make sense or not. For example,
it will happily break lines if the output is larger than the given
width. It does not do that incorrectly, which is another hint that it
works only by chance, not by design.

Whether it should have a way to allow variable column size is a
completely separate discussion -- right now it does not.


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