Re: [dev] wswsh: a mksh web framework

From: Paul Onyschuk <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:53:39 +0100

On Sat, 14 Dec 2013 01:17:02 +0000 (UTC)
Thorsten Glaser <> wrote:

> Though I do low-level *roff stuff too. I had to learn it because
> I had to fix the mdoc macro _implementation_ itself… not too hard,
> the classical documentation
> and are nice intros.
> Not always, there’s stuff that needs multilines in *roff, but
> with structural regexes that will work.
> Also, HTML output can be done (cf. the above links; those were
> done by AT&T nroff (from 4.4BSD-Alpha, hacked up) → col → some
> mksh script with lots of sed to convert them. Valid XHTML/1.1,
> or it’s a bug. Much nicer than GNU groff. No way to natively
> specify hyperlinks or other HTML features (due to this using
> the preformatted manpages that are generated during the BSD
> build anyway), and fixed-width output, but I chose to make it
> a feature and CSSify this to look like amber TTY output.

With mdocml [1] you get nice HTML output for free, because it
translates high level macros like mdoc/man to output format directly.
This produces output typically of better quality than when fiddling
with roff or catpages directly (preformatted man pages).

On other hand you need stick to the mdoc/man and avoid low level
roff. This works just fine for the most documentation that is out
there... excluding mksh.

As for writing man pages, there is very good tutorial/manual written by
the author of mdocml [2].


Paul Onyschuk
Received on Sat Dec 14 2013 - 10:53:39 CET

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