[Dctrl-tools-devel] Bug#557964: Question about groff \`
cjwatson at debian.org
Mon Dec 14 14:46:03 UTC 2009
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 04:16:58PM +0200, Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho wrote:
> I noticed the following comment from you in the bug log for #184603:
> "Yes, this matches the instructions for the use of \` in groff(7)."
> where "this" appears to mean that \` should be used when a backtick is meant.
> But that manpage says:
> \` The grave accent `; same as \(ga. Unescaped: left quote, backquote
> (ASCII 0x60).
> which, to me, seems to indicate that an *unescaped* ` is the correct way to
> produce a backtick.
> Can you please clarify?
> (This is related to Debian bug #557964.)
I agree with you about the contents of the documentation, but
$ echo '`' | nroff -Tutf8 | grep .
$ echo '\`' | nroff -Tutf8 | grep .
You may wish to bring this up upstream (groff at gnu.org) ...
Regarding #557964, please at least don't use \N'...'. That's definitely
incorrect and will probably cause problems with formatting on different
devices (e.g. things like PostScript/HTML rendering of manual pages).
Colin Watson [cjwatson at debian.org]
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