bugGNU roff - Bugs: bug #63041, [tbl] split off language-reference...


bug #63041: [tbl] split off language-reference part of tbl(1) into new tbl(7)

Submitter:  Dave <barx>
Submitted:  Fri 09 Sep 2022 10:08:02 PM UTC
Category:  Preprocessor tbl Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Documentation Status:  Rejected
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  gbranden
Open/Closed:  Closed Planned Release:  None
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Thu 10 Aug 2023 01:23:53 PM UTC, comment #2: 

I have not warmed to this idea, so I am rejecting the ticket.

But not with prejudice.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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Tue 13 Sep 2022 08:16:26 AM UTC, comment #1: 

I'm wavering about the advisability of this.  Unlike eqn and pic, the tbl language is pretty small.  Unlike those two, we completely present it in the tbl man page.  The others mostly cover GNU extensions.  (refer(1) also covers the whole preprocessor language.)

Also, as it stands, I'm pretty pleased with (I might dare say proud of), our tbl man page since I rewrote it top to bottom.  It might be worth seeing what feedback we get on it from the community.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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Fri 09 Sep 2022 10:08:02 PM UTC, original submission:  

In discussion (see http://lists.gnu.org/r/groff/2022-09/msg00011.html and downthread), no one outright opposed the proposal, though Ingo (and Doug, sort of indirectly) questioned the necessity of a tbl(1) at all, since it would have little information.  Alex pointed out that the man page still needs to exist merely to document the command's existence, even if there is little else to say about it.

Dave <barx>
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