text format

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Tue Jun 12 03:44:32 UTC 2012

On Tue, 12 Jun 2012 01:50:15 +0000, pwnedomina wrote:
> On 11-06-2012 23:40, Alejandro Imass wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM, i pwn<pwnedomina at gmail.com>  wrote:
> >> hi, sometime ago i asked a question about how to format a text, some people
> >> told me to use groff, but i would like to know how was file
> >> http://ipwn.altervista.org/files/Stoll,%20Clifford%20-%20The%20Cuckoo%27s%20Egg.txt
> >> fomatted.
> >> thanks in advance.
> > Most probably nroff / groff
> >
> > Take a look at the info from the authoring tools at rfceditor:
> >
> > http://www.rfc-editor.org/formatting.html
> >
> *formatted.
> i've downloaded NroffEdit but when i open the ASCII text i want to 
> convert/format, it says "Not a valid nroff I-D"
> what should i do?

Erm, you did open the output file (as pointed to), _not_ the
source file? You're trying to "edit text in a document you've
scanned". :-)

The output text can be edited with any text editor (vi, emacs,
joe, mcedit, whichever is your favourite), but it will be kept
in this format as it _has been_ generated that way (past tense).
In order to change formatting, you need the SOURCE file with
the macros. (Compare: HTML files rendered by browser: output
looks different than input; to change it, you need to edit
the HTML source.)

You can compare that to editing a man page: You need the page's
source (like found in /usr/src/share/examples/mdoc/example.1).
The text's SOURCE file would have looked similarly I assume.
THAT is the input format you need for the "NroffEdit" WYSIWYG
"text" editor.

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