[rescue] My Best Rescue to Date.. Ever

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 13:04:35 CST 2006

On 1/19/06, der Mouse <mouse at rodents.montreal.qc.ca> wrote:
> > [...manpages using -mandoc instead of -mdoc...]
> > As far as I could tell, there was no good reason for changing which
> > macros they were using, other than NIH.
> Actually, there is: all the same reasons why it's better to write (in
> TeX) \emphasis{...} instead of {\bf ...} when you mean emphasis, or
> \chapterheading{...} instead of \centerline{\biggrm ...} for a chapter
> heading, or the analogs in any other markup language.
> ".Op Fl x" is, similarly, better than (say) ".BR [ -x ]" (or whatever
> you'd use in the old paradigm - I've forgotten).

i.e. structural/functional tagging instead of format-based tagging--
like the difference b/w full-blown SGML over HTML, or structural
document stylesheets in FrameMaker vs. whateverthehell M$
Word uses.


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