groff && UTF-8

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue Jul 19 16:54:00 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 01:54:29PM +0200, Julian H. Stacey wrote:
> > If you want to produce postscript output from groff, you will have to deal
> > with postscript fonts. The usual Type 1 fonts are single-byte fonts. Groff
> > only deals with Latin-1 characters (see groff_char(7)).
> What is Latin-1 ?

A informal name for the single-byte character set published in the ISO/IEC
8859-1:1998 standard. The preferred name is ISO-8859-1. See

BTW, these days ISO-8859-15 (a.k.a. Latin-9) is supposed to have superseded in
in Europe, as it adds the Euro sign and some extra ligatures and accented
letters. See

However, more and more systems and programs are switching to Unicode these
days, especially the UTF-8 encoding. [] As
opposed to Type 1 postscript fonts, TrueType or OpenType fonts can handle the
thousands of glyphs that are often present in Unicode typefaces.

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