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Re: What's the character encoding of manpages?

On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 15:13:13 +0100, Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>


> See groff_char(7). Technically it's Latin-1, but this is planned to
> change to UTF-8 for groff 2.0 (no schedule yet); groff_char(7) advises
> sticking to ASCII, and I agree. You can get everything in Latin-1
> using named characters anyway without having to worry about encoding.


> 0xA0 is the Latin-1 non-breaking space. Bug #199422 notes that this
> doesn't work in current groff. I'm not sure whether this is actually a
> groff bug or not, and need to check with upstream. I suggest using '\
> ' instead anyway, though.


> Using .nf and .fi would probably be more sensible than large numbers
> of.br requests. (Feel free to pass on this comment.)

Thanks a lot.  That's exactly what I needed to know.  I
updated/submitted the bugs to the sf.net bug tracking system.

 -- ai

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