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Bug#111919: marked as done (Text disappears with . or ' at start of line in SGML source)

On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 04:18:22AM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> Your message dated Thu, 28 Aug 2003 11:15:29 +0200 (CEST)
> with message-id <Pine.LNX.4.44.0308281103350.652-100000@zeus.UGent.be>
> and subject line Escaping characters and collapsing of white space
> has caused the attached Bug report to be marked as done.
> From: Richard Atterer <atterer@debian.org>
> When . or ' is the first PCDATA character on a line in the SGML source
> (i.e. there may be markup in front of it), then the whole line
> disappears from the output manpage.
> From: Luk Claes <luk@zeus.UGent.be>
> You should invoke docbook-to-man with INSTANT_OPT set to a space if you
> want to use some special characters literally in your SGML file. This also
> takes care of collapsing white space into one space.
> INSTANT_OPT=" " docbook-to-man src.sgml > dst.1

That seems rather inadequate as far as this bug is concerned. Why should
an SGML processor require special options in order to correctly escape
characters that are special to groff (not SGML) in its output?

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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