wyswyg editors for tex (was re: replacement for openoffice)
jahnke at sonatabio.com
Tue Oct 9 17:56:02 PDT 2007
> Can you explain the difference between troff and groff. I thought
> groff is the more useable troff, or do I have that backwards, or is
> that only a fbsd replacement?
troff is the old Unix utility that drove a C/A/T typesetter. That was a
real liability -- not everyone has a typesetter -- so it later was
extended as ditroff (or titroff -- really!): device (or typesetter)
independent troff. There were also a few commercial packages that
extended basic troff to cover more devices.
groff was an independent recoding of the entire troff family by James
Clark; the first release was in 1990. It has useful extensions to troff
(like picture inclusion and ease of mounting more fonts), but it is
code-compatible with troff.
These days troff is dead, and everyone uses groff. I refer to it as
troff primarily for historical reasons -- the comparison with TeX
originated with troff in the old days -- though it is not quite accurate
given how it is used currently.
If you have never seen phototype from a C/A/T device, you are missing
something, While not as good as the commercial typesetters that drove
Mergenthalers, the quality is stunning. What we have now on laser
printers is a very poor cousin of the original.
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