* mandoc(3) re-write experiment time
@ 2012-08-15 15:28 Kristaps Dzonsons
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From: Kristaps Dzonsons @ 2012-08-15 15:28 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Enclosed is a tarball of a bare-bones mandoc(3) re-write addressing some
long-standing issues. DON'T PANIC!!11!! This is just an experiment in
design. In short, I wanted to significantly increase roff(7) cutting
power while redressing
1. the illusion that roff(7) and mdoc(7)/man(7) parsing can be
separated without severe roff(7) limitations; and
2. the unnecessary (?) separation of mdoc(7) and man(7) ASTs, when
man(7) could be fit into a single AST.
Some minor points are support for wchar_t, gzip'd files, recursive (and
not reentrant) parsing, unified table routines (espie@'s ohash), and
neatly parsed line arguments for macro handlers.
The README file lays out the file structure, general methodology, and
implemented macros (only roff(7) right now).
If (and this is a huge, monstrous, overarching IF) this ends up being
palatable, I'd have it produce an AST such that the front-ends could
stay more-or-less as they are. In other words, while I can envision a
core re-write, the very concept of re-writing -Tascii drives me to a
choking despair. Somewhere in Germany, schwarze@ is filled with dread
when I write the words "-Tascii rewrite". ;)
Anyway, over the next few weeks I'll bring in some mdoc(7) and man(7)
support, both of which will output to a unified AST. I'll post the
resulting tarball here when I've done so.
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