Subject: Re: Tool to compose manpages
To: Xavier HUMBERT <>
From: Julio Merino <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/05/2002 00:05:48
I didn't want to learn *roff, but I have needed to edit/write some
manpages... The best thing you can do, afaik, is to get an existing
manpage, copy it and then edit its contents to fit your needs. There
are lots of examples in all of the pages.

Although, we could create a XSLT stylesheet to convert special XML
files to manpages... should be easy and useful.

Take a look to mdoc(7).


On Thu, 04 Jul 2002 23:50:37 +0200
"Xavier HUMBERT" <> wrote:

> First of all, I must warn : I use two and only to formats
> - HTML for some stupid things like my resume
> - Plain text for everything else.
> Now, the's a need to write a manpage. I don't feel like learning *roff
> marker. Automatic generators (html2man, help2man) ere not helpful.
> I know, the common answer is : use Emacs, w/ appropriate macros. I don't
> like emacs very much, but most imporftant, I don't have enough spare
> disk (in a laptop, too bad). Ditto for TeX
> Is there something simpler ?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Xav

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