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bug #64455: [ms] want support for 4.2BSD `CT` and `TM` extensions

Submitter:  G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
Submitted:  Fri 21 Jul 2023 10:20:25 AM UTC
Category:  Macro package 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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Fri 21 Jul 2023 10:20:25 AM UTC, original submission:  

Reported by brian m. carlson as Debian #241394.

This ticket is starting life "postponed" because I don't see hopeful prospects for its resolution at this time.

  • All other documented (by Tuthill) 4.2BSD extensions to ms are implemented in groff ms and have been for many years.
  • The macro names `CT` and `TM` collide with Bell Labs uses.  Granted, those are for cover sheet management and we don't support them either.
  • But adding Berkeley `CT` and `TM` support would require complicating the package to select between AT&T and BSD dialects of ms, something we have so far largely avoided.
  • Volunteers for this work are few.
G. Branden Robinson <gbranden>
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