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From: Anders Kaseorg <andersk@MIT.EDU>
To: Thomas Rast <trast@student.ethz.ch>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Quote ' as \(aq in manpages
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:01:11 -0400 (EDT)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.0910211357160.5105@dr-wily.mit.edu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <ab31eb03b25272341b91e1f1132dab9d8a49e5b6.1256113282.git.trast@student.ethz.ch>

On Wed, 21 Oct 2009, Thomas Rast wrote:
> The docbook/xmlto toolchain insists on quoting ' as \'.  This does
> achieve the quoting goal, but modern 'man' implementations turn the
> apostrophe into a unicode "proper" apostrophe (given the right
> circumstances), breaking code examples in many of our manpages.
> 
> Quote them as \(aq instead, which is an "apostrophe quote" as per the
> groff_char manpage.

\(aq is not portable to non-GNU roff.  See
  http://bugs.debian.org/507673#65
  http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=2412738&group_id=21935&atid=373747
for a proposed portable solution.

Anders

  parent reply	other threads:[~2009-10-21 18:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-10-12 10:29 quote in help code example bill lam
2009-10-12 19:40 ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13  2:16   ` bill lam
2009-10-13 10:19     ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13 14:06       ` bill lam
2009-10-13 15:30         ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-13 20:15           ` Thomas Rast
2009-10-15 12:02             ` Thomas Rast
2009-10-21  8:24               ` [PATCH] Quote ' as \(aq in manpages Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 10:38                 ` Miklos Vajna
2009-10-21 18:01                 ` Anders Kaseorg [this message]
2009-10-21 18:57                   ` [PATCH v2] " Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 21:31                     ` [PATCH] Document GNU_ROFF in Makefile Miklos Vajna
2009-10-21 22:22                       ` Junio C Hamano
2009-10-21 22:51                         ` Anders Kaseorg
2009-10-22  8:19                           ` [PATCH v3] Quote ' as \(aq in manpages Thomas Rast
2009-10-21 21:42                     ` [PATCH v2] " Anders Kaseorg
2009-10-12 21:06 ` quote in help code example Junio C Hamano

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