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  • For the Love of Troff, James K. Lowden
    2020-12-02 @ 18:45 - Zoom
    Abstract

    James K. Lowden will present "For the Love of Troff", a discussion of the state of Unix documentation and documentation systems. James advocates the obvious superiority of mdoc markup for documentation, and demonstrates the continuing miserable state of competing systems and formats. If you are not impressed, you're sure to be startled.

    To prepare for the assault^Wascent^Wtalk, you may wish to read his unsubmitted, unpublished, nearly secret paper of the same name,

    http://www.schemamania.org/troff/for-the-love-of-troff.pdf

    For an example of the capabilites of the modern GNU troff system (groff), please see his paper on a completely unrelated subject,

    http://www.schemamania.org/sailing/vectors.pdf

    Meeting details coming soon.

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    Speaker Biography

    James has played a central role in the BSD periphery for 20 years and has the bar tab to show for it. In a moment of rare foresight, he quit Manhattan a few years ago for a house on the Penobscot Bay in Maine, where he enjoys cold winters, summer sailing, and modest respite from Covid-19. Once the maintainer of the FreeTDS library, he now spends his days working on a re-implementation of IMS and helps out on the GnuCOBOL project. Really.


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