Re: [dev] Troff for typsetting e-mails

From: Luis Anaya <>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 11:49:12 -0400

Raphael Proust <> writes:

>>> HTML is the most "logical" approach for formatting.
>> What?
> Not sure. It actually looks like a troll whistle… I think it is a
> troll whistle.

No, it's not a troll whistle. I can get a troll bugle if I need to.

1. This deserves some explanation:

If you were going to translate Troff commands for email , would you
typeset these into...

a. PDF? - Yes, you could, people might get annoyed opening attachment
every single time. Same on TIFF or PNG.

b. PS ? - Uh?

c. HP LaserJet Printer Commands - Uh? Uh?

d. Text - Looking at man pages, it adds a lot of terminal commands, it
would not look nice in email.

e. HTML that's probably the "better" choice to typeset *output* for
email from troff considering the alternatives.

Yes, "but why don't you write in plain text". Good question.

2. Kurt, I misread you and I apologize. This is the email I was
referring to.

>> On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 01:21:40PM +0100, hiro wrote:
>> > typesetting? raw text can be typeset just fine with a keyboard. not
>> > sure what you're really up to.
>> >
>> It is suckless answer to HTML email.
> It might as well *be* HTML email.

Because it is. A rose of any other name is...

Luis Anaya
papo anaya aroba hot mail punto com
"Do not use 100 words if you can say it in 10" - Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Received on Sun Oct 28 2012 - 16:49:12 CET

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