bugGNU troff - Bugs: bug #62911, [man] want keep macros: KS, KE

 
 

bug #62911: [man] want keep macros: KS, KE

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Thu 18 Aug 2022 11:24:04 AM UTC
 
Category:  Macro man Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Feature change Status:  None
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Thu 18 Aug 2022 11:24:04 AM UTC, original submission:  

The man(7) package could have keep macros that work like ms(7)'s.

No floats, though.  (We could implement those, but I have a use case for KS/KE and not for floating keeps.)

The use case is to avoid awkward page breaks in short paragraphs, paragraph tag series, and tables.

This shouldn't be hard to do, would be helpful for people who care about paginated typography, and can be utterly ignored by those who don't care.  Since the macros would interpret no arguments and set up no traps, they wouldn't cause any regressions.

This isn't utterly trivial to implement because we do already use diversions for paragraph tags and link text.  On the other hand, nothing in the man(7) package uses "transparent throughput" (\! or \? escape sequences), so we don't have the "bubble-up" problem.  I think it will be straightforward.  Time will tell.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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