Contributed by rueda on from the i'm-mandoc(1)-fly-me dept.
Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@ when wearing OpenBSD-only hat) wrote in to let us know about the new release:
From: Ingo Schwarze [elided] Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2018 22:21:13 +0200 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: mandoc-1.14.4 released Hello, after a full year of tranquil development, i just released mandoc-1.14.4. This is a regular maintenance release. As there are no major structural changes, i expect it to be very stable, so all downstream systems are encouraged to upgrade from any earlier version.
As usual, the release is available from http://mandoc.bsd.lv/snapshots/mandoc-1.14.4.tar.gz There are two important new features: 1. In -T ascii output mode, rendering of mathematical symbols and Greek letters is decisively improved. When no unambiguous rendering as a single ASCII character is possible, symbols are now rendered as strings describing the meaning of the symbol. Here is an example from the lgamma(3) manual page: <Gamma>(x) = <integral>_0^<infinity> t^(x - 1) e^(-t) dt for x > 0 and <Gamma>(x) = <pi>/(<Gamma>(1 - x) sin(<pi> x)) for x < 1 Traditionally, ASCII rendering (mostly unsuccessfully) attempted to imitate the graphical shape of the symbols, which caused generally unintelligible results. An equivalent change was also performed in groff-current, is already patched into the OpenBSD groff port, and will be contained in the upcoming groff-1.22.4 release. Consequently, in pages where unusually complicated mathematical formulae constitute the crucial content, full eqn(7) formatting can now be used. Of course, please still refrain from gratuitiously employing character escape sequences merely because an isolated symbol appears somewhere in a normal manual page - such cases are usually better handled by simply expressing the content in normal English words and sentences. 2. Mandoc HTML/CSS output, and hence man.cgi(8) presentation on the web, is now significantly better in many respects. In particular, first steps were taken towards better usability on small screen and mobile devices (responsive design): There are no more style= attributes containing fixed dimensions, but all indentations and distances are controlled by CSS, and the default style sheet uses a @media directive for adapting to the available space. In several cases, the choice of HTML elements was improved, several HTML syntax violations were fixed, and the overall quality of the default CSS sytlesheet was improved in many respects. Almost all of these improvements were only possible due to sustained and detailed feedback from John Gardner, see https://github.com/Alhadis/, who taught me a lot about HTML and CSS. Many thanks for that invaluable help! Minor new features include: * When a man(1) argument contains a slash, imply -l like in man-db. * Use TIOCGWINSZ to reduce the default -Owidth and -Oindent during interactive use on terminals narrower than 79 columns. * Generated PostScript files are now more than 50% smaller. Thanks to Marc Espie for developing and committing that patch! * Terminal rendering of eqn(7) is improved in several respects. * Simplified and nicer output from the mdoc(7) .Lk macro, formatting all links in-line, even long ones. * roff(7) \n+ and \n- numerical register auto-increment and -decrement * roff(7) .nr optional third argument (auto-increment step size) * Many bug fixes. For more details, see: http://mandoc.bsd.lv/NEWS http://mandoc.bsd.lv/ChangeLog For doing a manual installation or setting up a packaging system, please have a look at the INSTALL file in the tarball: http://mandoc.bsd.lv/INSTALL The release was tested on the following systems: * OpenBSD -current and -stable * NetBSD -current * Debian Linux -current and -oldstable * Void Linux glibc and musl * illumos * SunOS 5.11.2, 5.10, and 5.9 As usual, many thanks to the various developers who provided patches, bug reports, advice, suggestions, and release testing! For a full list of contributors to this release, see: http://mandoc.bsd.lv/NEWS Yours, Ingo
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