bugGNU troff - Bugs: bug #63158, [ms] consider exposing internal...


bug #63158: [ms] consider exposing internal register `nh*hl` as `HL` or similar

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Wed 05 Oct 2022 06:31:47 AM UTC
Category:  Macro ms Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  Feature change Status:  Postponed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None
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Wed 05 Oct 2022 06:31:47 AM UTC, original submission:  

While working on bug #63110 I ran into the following issue.

+To get the section number of the numbered headings into the table of
+contents entries,
+we might define
+as follows.
+(We obtain the heading depth from
+.I "groff ms" 's
+internal register
+.CW nh*hl .)
+box center;
+\&.XH-UPDATE-TOC \[rs]\[rs]n[nh*hl] \[rs]\[rs]$@
+\&\[rs]&\[rs]\[rs]*[SN] \[rs]\[rs]$*

The user shouldn't have to grub around with internal registers to extract the heading depth level.  We should either expose it, or give the new XN/XH features some way of obtaining it, but the latter might be difficult since we encourage the user to write replacements for them.

No plans to resolve this for 1.23.

G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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