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NAME

       groff - a short reference for the GNU roff language

DESCRIPTION

       The  name  groff  stands for GNU roff and is the free implementation of
       the roff type-setting  system.   See  roff(7)  for  a  survey  and  the
       background of the groff system.

       This  document  gives  only  short  descriptions of the predefined roff
       language elements as used in groff.  Both the  classical  features  and
       the groff extensions are provided.

       Historically,  the roff language was called troff.  groff is compatible
       with the classical system and provides proper extensions.  So  in  GNU,
       the  terms  roff,  troff, and groff language could be used as synonyms.
       However troff slightly tends to refer more to  the  classical  aspects,
       whereas  groff  emphasizes  the GNU extensions, and roff is the general
       term for the language.

       This file is only a short version of the complete documentation that is
       found  in the groff info(1) file, which contains more detailed, actual,
       and concise information.

       The general syntax for writing groff documents is relatively easy,  but
       writing extensions to the roff language can be a bit harder.

       The roff language is line-oriented.  There are only two kinds of lines,
       control lines and text lines.  The control lines start with  a  control
       character,  by  default  a period "."  or a single quote "'"; all other
       lines are text lines.

       Control lines represent commands, optionally with arguments.  They have
       the following syntax.  The leading control character can be followed by
       a command name; arguments, if any, are separated by spaces (but not tab
       characters) from the command name and among themselves, for example,

              .command_name arg1 arg2

       For  indentation, any number of space or tab characters can be inserted
       between the leading control character and the  command  name,  but  the
       control character must be on the first position of the line.

       Text  lines  represent the parts that is printed.  They can be modified
       by escape sequences, which are recognized by a leading  backslash  '\'.
       These  are  in-line  or  even in-word formatting elements or functions.
       Some of these take arguments separated by single quotes "'", others are
       regulated by a length encoding introduced by an open parenthesis '(' or
       enclosed in brackets '[' and ']'.

       The roff language provides flexible instruments  for  writing  language
       extension,  such  as  macros.  When interpreting macro definitions, the
       roff system enters a special operating mode, called the copy mode.

       The copy mode behavior can be quite tricky, but there  are  some  rules
       that ensure a safe usage.

       1.     Printable  backslashes  must  be  denoted  as  \e.   To  be more
              precise, \e represents the current escape character.  To  get  a
              backslash glyph, use \(rs or \[rs].

       2.     Double all backslashes.

       3.     Begin all text lines with the special non-spacing character \&.

       This  does not produce the most efficient code, but it should work as a
       first measure.  For better strategies, see  the  groff  info  file  and
       groff_tmac(5).

       Reading roff source files is easier, just reduce all double backslashes
       to a single one in all macro definitions.

GROFF ELEMENTS

       The roff language elements add formatting information to a  text  file.
       The  fundamental  elements  are  predefined commands and variables that
       make roff a full-blown programming language.

       There  are  two  kinds  of  roff  commands,  possibly  with  arguments.
       Requests  are written on a line of their own starting with a dot '.' or
       a "'", whereas Escape  sequences  are  in-line  functions  and  in-word
       formatting elements starting with a backslash '\'.

       The  user  can define her own formatting commands using the de request.
       These commands are called  macros,  but  they  are  used  exactly  like
       requests.  Macro packages are pre-defined sets of macros written in the
       groff language.  A user's  possibilities  to  create  escape  sequences
       herself is very limited, only special characters can be mapped.

       The  groff  language provides several kinds of variables with different
       interfaces.  There are pre-defined variables, but the user  can  define
       her own variables as well.

       String  variables  store character sequences.  They are set with the ds
       request and retrieved by the \* escape  sequences.   Strings  can  have
       variables.

       Register  variables  can  store  numerical values, numbers with a scale
       unit, and occasionally string-like objects.  They are set with  the  nr
       request and retrieved by the \n escape sequences.

       Environments  allow  the  user  to  temporarily store global formatting
       parameters like line length, font size, etc. for later reuse.  This  is
       done by the ev request.

       Fonts  are  identified  either by a name or by an internal number.  The
       current font is chosen by the ft request or by the \f escape sequences.
       Each  device  has  special fonts, but the following fonts are available
       for all devices.  R  is  the  standard  font  Roman.   B  is  its  bold
       counterpart.   The italic font is called I and is available everywhere,
       but on text devices it is displayed as an underlined Roman  font.   For
       the  graphical  output  devices, there exist constant-width pendants of
       these fonts, CR, CI, and CB.   On  text  devices,  all  glyphs  have  a
       constant width anyway.

       Glyphs  are  visual  representation forms of characters.  In groff, the
       distinction between those two elements is not  always  obvious  (and  a
       full  discussion  is  beyond  the  scope  of  this  man page).  A first
       approximation is that glyphs have a specific size and  colour  and  are
       taken  from  a  specific  font;  they  can't  be  modified  any  more -
       characters are the input, and glyphs are the output.   As  soon  as  an
       output  line  has  been generated, it no longer contains characters but
       glyphs.  In this man  page,  we  use  either  `glyph'  or  `character',
       whatever is more appropriate.

       Moreover,  there  are  some advanced roff elements.  A diversion stores
       (formatted) information into a macro for later  usage.   A  trap  is  a
       positional condition like a certain number of lines from page top or in
       a diversion or in the input.  Some action can be prescribed to  be  run
       automatically when the condition is met.

       More  detailed  information and examples can be found in the groff info
       file.

CONTROL CHARACTERS

       There is a small set of characters that have a special controlling task
       in certain conditions.

       .      A  dot  is  only special at the beginning of a line or after the
              condition in the requests if, ie, el, and while.   There  it  is
              the control character that introduces a request (or macro).  The
              special behavior can be delayed by using  the  \.   escape.   By
              using  the  cc  request,  the  control character can be set to a
              different character, making the dot '.' a non-special character.

              In all other positions, it just means a dot character.  In  text
              paragraphs,  it is advantageous to start each sentence at a line
              of its own.

       '      The single quote has two controlling tasks.  At the beginning of
              a  line  and  in the conditional requests it is the non-breaking
              control character.  That means that it introduces a request like
              the  dot,  but  with  the  additional property that this request
              doesn't cause a linebreak.  By using the c2  request,  the  non-
              break control character can be set to a different character.

              As  a  second  task,  it  is  the  most  commonly  used argument
              separator in some functional escape sequences (but any  pair  of
              characters  not  part  of  the  argument do work).  In all other
              positions, it denotes the single quote or apostrophe  character.
              Groff  provides  a printable representation with the \(cq escape
              sequence.

       "      The double quote is used to enclose arguments in macros (but not
              in  requests and strings).  In the ds and as requests, a leading
              double quote in the argument is stripped off, making  everything
              else  afterwards  the  string  to  be  defined (enabling leading
              whitespace).  The escaped double quote \" introduces a  comment.
              Otherwise,  it  is  not  special.   Groff  provides  a printable
              representation with the \(dq escape sequence.

       \      The backslash usually introduces an escape sequence (this can be
              changed  with  the ec request).  A printed version of the escape
              character is the \e escape; a backslash glyph can be obtained by
              \(rs.

       (      The  open  parenthesis  is only special in escape sequences when
              introducing an escape name or argument consisting of exactly two
              characters.   In  groff, this behavior can be replaced by the []
              construct.

       [      The opening bracket is only special in groff  escape  sequences;
              there  it is used to introduce a long escape name or long escape
              argument.  Otherwise, it is non-special, e.g. in macro calls.

       ]      The closing bracket is only special in groff  escape  sequences;
              there  it terminates a long escape name or long escape argument.
              Otherwise, it is non-special.

       space  Space characters are only functional characters.  They  separate
              the arguments in requests, macros, and strings, and the words in
              text lines.  They are  subject  to  groff's  horizontal  spacing
              calculations.   To  get  a defined space width, escape sequences
              like '\ ' (this is the escape character followed  by  a  space),
              \|, \^, or \h should be used.

       newline
              In   text   paragraphs,   newlines   mostly  behave  like  space
              characters.  Continuation lines can be specified by  an  escaped
              newline,  i.e.,  by  specifying  a  backslash  '\'  as  the last
              character of a line.

       tab    If a tab character occurs during text the  interpreter  makes  a
              horizontal  jump to the next pre-defined tab position.  There is
              a sophisticated interface for handling tab positions.

NUMERICAL EXPRESSIONS

       A numerical value is a signed or unsigned  integer  or  float  with  or
       without  an  appended scaling indicator.  A scaling indicator is a one-
       character abbreviation for a unit of measurement.  A number followed by
       a  scaling  indicator  signifies  a  size value.  By default, numerical
       values do not have a scaling indicator, i.e., they are normal numbers.

       The roff language defines the following scaling indicators.

              c         Centimeter
              i         Inch
              P         Pica = 1/6 inch
              p         Point = 1/72 inch
              m         Em = the font size in points (approx. width of  letter
                        `m')
              M         100th of an Em
              n         En = Em/2
              u         Basic unit for actual output device
              v         Vertical    line   space   in   basic   units   scaled
                        point = 1/sizescale of a point (defined in  font  DESC
                        file)
              f         Scale by 65536.

       Numerical  expressions are combinations of the numerical values defined
       above with the following  arithmetical  operators  already  defined  in
       classical troff.

              +         Addition
              -         Subtraction
              *         Multiplication
              /         Division
              %         Modulo
              =         Equals
              ==        Equals
              <         Less than
              >         Greater than
              <=        Less or equal
              >=        Greater or equal
              &         Logical and
              :         Logical or
              !         Logical not
              (         Grouping of expressions
              )         Close current grouping

       Moreover,   groff   added   the   following   operators  for  numerical
       expressions:

              e1>?e2    The maximum of e1 and e2.
              e1<?e2    The minimum of e1 and e2.
              (c;e)     Evaluate e using c as the default scaling indicator.

       For details see the groff info file.

CONDITIONS

       Conditions occur in tests raised by the if, ie, and the while requests.
       The following table characterizes the different types of conditions.

              N         A  numerical  expression N yields true if its value is
                        greater than 0.
              !N        True if the value of I is 0 (see below).
              's1's2'   True if string s1 is identical to string s2.
              !'s1's2'  True if string s1 is not identical to string  s2  (see
                        below).
              cch       True if there is a glyph ch available.
              dname     True  if  there  is  a  string,  macro,  diversion, or
                        request called name.
              e         Current page number is even.
              o         Current page number is odd.
              mname     True if there is a color called name.
              n         Formatter is nroff.
              rreg      True if there is a register named reg.
              t         Formatter is troff.
              Ffont     True if there exists a font named font.
              Sstyle    True if a style named style has been registered.

       Note that the !  operator may  only  appear  at  the  beginning  of  an
       expression,  and  negates  the  entire expression.  This maintains bug-
       compatibility with AT&T troff.

REQUESTS

       This section provides a short reference for  the  predefined  requests.
       In groff, request, macro, and string names can be arbitrarily long.  No
       bracketing or marking of long names is needed.

       Most requests take one or more arguments.  The arguments are  separated
       by  space  characters  (no tabs!); there is no inherent limit for their
       length or number.

       Some requests have optional arguments with a different behaviour.   Not
       all  of  these details are outlined here.  Refer to the groff info file
       and groff_diff(7) for all details.

       In the following  request  specifications,  most  argument  names  were
       chosen   to  be  descriptive.   Only  the  following  denotations  need
       clarification.

              c         denotes a single character.
              font      a font either specified as  a  font  name  or  a  font
                        number.
              anything  all  characters up to the end of the line or within \{
                        and \}.
              n         is a numerical expression that evaluates to an integer
                        value.
              N         is   an  arbitrary  numerical  expression,  signed  or
                        unsigned.
              +-N       has three meanings depending on  its  sign,  described
                        below.

       If  an  expression  defined as +-N starts with a '+' sign the resulting
       value of the expression is added to an already existing value  inherent
       to  the  related  request,  e.g.  adding  to a number register.  If the
       expression starts with a '-' the value of the expression is  subtracted
       from the request value.

       Without  a  sign,  N replaces the existing value directly.  To assign a
       negative number either prepend 0 or  enclose  the  negative  number  in
       parentheses.

   Request Short Reference
       .         Empty line, ignored.  Useful for structuring documents.
       .\" anything
                 Complete line is a comment.
       .ab string
                 Print string on standard error, exit program.
       .ad       Begin  line  adjustment  for  output  lines in current adjust
                 mode.
       .ad c     Start line adjustment in mode c (c=l,r,b,n).
       .af register c
                 Assign format c to register (c=l,i,I,a,A).
       .aln alias register
                 Create alias name for register.
       .als alias object
                 Create alias name for request, string,  macro,  or  diversion
                 object.
       .am macro Append to macro until .. is encountered.
       .am macro end
                 Append to macro until .end is called.
       .am1 macro
                 Same  as  .am but with compatibility mode switched off during
                 macro expansion.
       .am1 macro end
                 Same as .am but with compatibility mode switched  off  during
                 macro expansion.
       .ami macro
                 Append  to  a  macro  whose  name  is contained in the string
                 register macro until .. is encountered.
       .ami macro end
                 Append to a macro  indirectly.   macro  and  end  are  string
                 registers  whose contents are interpolated for the macro name
                 and the end macro, respectively.
       .ami1 macro
                 Same as .ami but with compatibility mode switched off  during
                 macro expansion.
       .ami1 macro end
                 Same  as .ami but with compatibility mode switched off during
                 macro expansion.
       .as stringvar anything
                 Append anything to stringvar.
       .as1 stringvar anything
                 Same as .as but with compatibility mode switched  off  during
                 string expansion.
       .asciify diversion
                 Unformat  ASCII characters, spaces, and some escape sequences
                 in diversion.
       .backtrace
                 Print a backtrace of the input on stderr.
       .bd font N
                 Embolden font by N-1 units.
       .bd S font N
                 Embolden Special Font S when current font is font.
       .blm      Unset the blank line macro.
       .blm macro
                 Set the blank line macro to macro.
       .box      End current diversion.
       .box macro
                 Divert to macro, omitting a partially filled line.
       .boxa     End current diversion.
       .boxa macro
                 Divert and append to macro, omitting a partially filled line.
       .bp       Eject current page and begin new page.
       .bp +-N   Eject current page; next page number +-N.
       .br       Line break.
       .brp      Break and spread output line.  Same as \p.
       .break    Break out of a while loop.
       .c2       Reset no-break control character to "'".
       .c2 c     Set no-break control character to c.
       .cc       Reset control character to '.'.
       .cc c     Set control character to c.
       .ce       Center the next input line.
       .ce N     Center following N input lines.
       .cf filename
                 Copy contents of file filename unprocessed to  stdout  or  to
                 the diversion.
       .cflags mode c1 c2 ...
                 Treat characters c1, c2, ... according to mode number.
       .ch trap N
                 Change trap location to N.
       .char c anything
                 Define entity c as string anything.
       .chop object
                 Chop  the  last  character  off  macro,  string, or diversion
                 object.
       .class name c1 c2 ...
                 Assign a set of characters, character ranges, or classes  c1,
                 c2, ... to name.
       .close stream
                 Close the stream.
       .color    Enable colors.
       .color N  If N is zero disable colors, otherwise enable them.
       .composite from to
                 Map  glyph  name  from  to glyph name to while constructing a
                 composite glyph name.
       .continue Finish the current iteration of a while loop.
       .cp       Enable compatibility mode.
       .cp N     If N is zero disable compatibility mode, otherwise enable it.
       .cs font N M
                 Set constant character width mode for font to N/36  ems  with
                 em M.
       .cu N     Continuous underline in nroff, like .ul in troff.
       .da       End current diversion.
       .da macro Divert and append to macro.
       .de macro Define or redefine macro until .. is encountered.
       .de macro end
                 Define or redefine macro until .end is called.
       .de1 macro
                 Same  as  .de but with compatibility mode switched off during
                 macro expansion.
       .de1 macro end
                 Same as .de but with compatibility mode switched  off  during
                 macro expansion.
       .defcolor color scheme component
                 Define  or  redefine  a color with name color.  scheme can be
                 rgb, cym, cymk, gray,  or  grey.   component  can  be  single
                 components  specified  as  fractions  in  the  range  0  to 1
                 (default scaling indicator  f),  as  a  string  of  two-digit
                 hexadecimal color components with a leading #, or as a string
                 of four-digit hexadecimal components with two leading #.  The
                 color default can't be redefined.
       .dei macro
                 Define  or  redefine  a  macro whose name is contained in the
                 string register macro until .. is encountered.
       .dei macro end
                 Define or redefine a macro indirectly.   macro  and  end  are
                 string  registers  whose  contents  are  interpolated for the
                 macro name and the end macro, respectively.
       .dei1 macro
                 Same as .dei but with compatibility mode switched off  during
                 macro expansion.
       .dei1 macro end
                 Same  as .dei but with compatibility mode switched off during
                 macro expansion.
       .device anything
                 Write anything to the intermediate output as a device control
                 function.
       .devicem name
                 Write  contents  of macro or string name uninterpreted to the
                 intermediate output as a device control function.
       .di       End current diversion.
       .di macro Divert to macro.
       .do name  Interpret .name with compatibility mode disabled.
       .ds stringvar anything
                 Set stringvar to anything.
       .ds1 stringvar anything
                 Same as .ds but with compatibility mode switched  off  during
                 string expansion.
       .dt N trap
                 Set   diversion   trap   to   position   N  (default  scaling
                 indicator v).
       .ec       Reset escape character to '\'.
       .ec c     Set escape character to c.
       .ecr      Restore escape character saved with .ecs.
       .ecs      Save current escape character.
       .el anything
                 Else part for if-else (ie) request.
       .em macro The macro is run after the end of input.
       .eo       Turn off escape character mechanism.
       .ev       Switch to previous environment and pop it off the stack.
       .ev env   Push down environment number or name env  to  the  stack  and
                 switch to it.
       .evc env  Copy   the   contents  of  environment  env  to  the  current
                 environment.  No pushing or popping.
       .ex       Exit from roff processing.
       .fam      Return to previous font family.
       .fam name Set the current font family to name.
       .fc       Disable field mechanism.
       .fc a     Set field delimiter to a and pad glyph to space.
       .fc a b   Set field delimiter to a and pad glyph to b.
       .fchar c anything
                 Define fallback character (or glyph) c as string anything.
       .fcolor   Set fill color to previous fill color.
       .fcolor c Set fill color to c.
       .fi       Fill output lines.
       .fl       Flush output buffer.
       .fp n font
                 Mount font on position n.
       .fp n internal external
                 Mount font with long external name to short internal name  on
                 position n.
       .fschar f c anything
                 Define  fallback  character (or glyph) c for font f as string
                 anything.
       .fspecial font
                 Reset list of special fonts for font to be empty.
       .fspecial font s1 s2 ...
                 When the current font is font, then the fonts s1, s2, ... are
                 special.
       .ft       Return to previous font.  Same as \f[] or \fP.
       .ft font  Change  to  font name or number font; same as \f[font] escape
                 sequence.
       .ftr font1 font2
                 Translate font1 to font2.
       .fzoom font
                 Don't magnify font.
       .fzoom font zoom
                 Set zoom factor for font (in multiples of 1/1000th).
       .gcolor   Set glyph color to previous glyph color.
       .gcolor c Set glyph color to c.
       .hc       Remove additional hyphenation indicator character.
       .hc c     Set up additional hyphenation indicator character c.
       .hcode c1 code1 c2 code2 ...
                 Set the hyphenation code of character c1 to code1, that of c2
                 to code2, etc.
       .hla lang Set the current hyphenation language to lang.
       .hlm n    Set the maximum number of consecutive hyphenated lines to n.
       .hpf file Read hyphenation patterns from file.
       .hpfa file
                 Append hyphenation patterns from file.
       .hpfcode a b c d ...
                 Set input mapping for .hpf.
       .hw words List of words with exceptional hyphenation.
       .hy N     Switch to hyphenation mode N.
       .hym n    Set   the   hyphenation   margin   to   n   (default  scaling
                 indicator m).
       .hys n    Set the hyphenation space to n.
       .ie cond anything
                 If cond then anything else goto .el.
       .if cond anything
                 If cond then anything; otherwise do nothing.
       .ig       Ignore text until .. is encountered.
       .ig end   Ignore text until .end is called.
       .in       Change to previous indentation value.
       .in +-N   Change  indentation  according  to   +-N   (default   scaling
                 indicator m).
       .it N trap
                 Set an input-line count trap for the next N lines.
       .itc N trap
                 Same as .it but count lines interrupted with \c as one line.
       .kern     Enable pairwise kerning.
       .kern n   If n is zero, disable pairwise kerning, otherwise enable it.
       .lc       Remove leader repetition glyph.
       .lc c     Set leader repetition glyph to c.
       .length register anything
                 Write the length of the string anything to register.
       .linetabs Enable line-tabs mode (i.e., calculate tab positions relative
                 to output line).
       .linetabs n
                 If n is zero, disable line-tabs mode, otherwise enable it.
       .lf N     Set input line number to N.
       .lf N file
                 Set input line number to N and filename to file.
       .lg N     Ligature mode on if N>0.
       .ll       Change to previous line length.
       .ll +-N   Set line  length  according  to  +-N  (default  length  6.5i,
                 default scaling indicator m).
       .lsm      Unset the leading spaces macro.
       .lsm macro
                 Set the leading spaces macro to macro.
       .ls       Change to the previous value of additional intra-line skip.
       .ls N     Set  additional  intra-line  skip value to N, i.e., N-1 blank
                 lines are inserted after each text output line.
       .lt +-N   Length of title (default scaling indicator m).
       .mc       Margin glyph off.
       .mc c     Print glyph c after each text line at  actual  distance  from
                 right margin.
       .mc c N   Set  margin  glyph  to  c and distance to N from right margin
                 (default scaling indicator m).
       .mk register
                 Mark current vertical position in register.
       .mso file The same as .so except that file  is  searched  in  the  tmac
                 directories.
       .na       No output-line adjusting.
       .ne       Need a one-line vertical space.
       .ne N     Need N vertical space (default scaling indicator v).
       .nf       No filling or adjusting of output-lines.
       .nh       No hyphenation.
       .nm       Number mode off.
       .nm +-N [M [S [I]]]
                 In  line  number  mode,  set  number,  multiple, spacing, and
                 indentation.
       .nn       Do not number next line.
       .nn N     Do not number next N lines.
       .nop anything
                 Always process anything.
       .nr register +-N [M]
                 Define or modify register using +-N with auto-increment M.
       .nroff    Make the built-in conditions n true and t false.
       .ns       Turn on no-space mode.
       .nx       Immediately jump to end of current file.
       .nx filename
                 Immediately continue processing with file file.
       .open stream filename
                 Open filename for writing  and  associate  the  stream  named
                 stream with it.
       .opena stream filename
                 Like .open but append to it.
       .os       Output vertical distance that was saved by the sv request.
       .output string
                 Emit string directly to intermediate output, allowing leading
                 whitespace if string starts with " (which is stripped off).
       .pc       Reset page number character to '%'.
       .pc c     Page number character.
       .pev      Print the current environment and  each  defined  environment
                 state to stderr.
       .pi program
                 Pipe output to program (nroff only).
       .pl       Set  page  length to default 11i.  The current page length is
                 stored in register .p.
       .pl +-N   Change page length to +-N (default scaling indicator v).
       .pm       Print macro names and sizes (number of blocks of 128 bytes).
       .pm t     Print only total of sizes of  macros  (number  of  128  bytes
                 blocks).
       .pn +-N   Next page number N.
       .pnr      Print  the names and contents of all currently defined number
                 registers on stderr.
       .po       Change to previous page offset.  The current page  offset  is
                 available in register .o.
       .po +-N   Page offset N.
       .ps       Return to previous point size.
       .ps +-N   Point size; same as \s[+-N].
       .psbb filename
                 Get the bounding box of a PostScript image filename.
       .pso command
                 This behaves like the so request except that input comes from
                 the standard output of command.
       .ptr      Print the names and positions of  all  traps  (not  including
                 input line traps and diversion traps) on stderr.
       .pvs      Change to previous post-vertical line spacing.
       .pvs +-N  Change  post-vertical  line spacing according to +-N (default
                 scaling indicator p).
       .rchar c1 c2 ...
                 Remove the definitions of entities c1, c2, ...
       .rd prompt
                 Read insertion.
       .return   Return from a macro.
       .return anything
                 Return twice, namely from the macro at the current level  and
                 from the macro one level higher.
       .rfschar f c1 c2 ...
                 Remove the definitions of entities c1, c2, ... for font f.
       .rj n     Right justify the next n input lines.
       .rm name  Remove request, macro, or string name.
       .rn old new
                 Rename request, macro, or string old to new.
       .rnn reg1 reg2
                 Rename register reg1 to reg2.
       .rr register
                 Remove register.
       .rs       Restore spacing; turn no-space mode off.
       .rt +-N   Return  (upward  only)  to  marked  vertical  place  (default
                 scaling indicator v).
       .schar c anything
                 Define global fallback  character  (or  glyph)  c  as  string
                 anything.
       .shc      Reset soft hyphen glyph to \(hy.
       .shc c    Set the soft hyphen glyph to c.
       .shift n  In a macro, shift the arguments by n positions.
       .sizes s1 s2 ... sn [0]
                 Set  available  font  sizes similar to the sizes command in a
                 DESC file.
       .so filename
                 Include source file.
       .sp       Skip one line vertically.
       .sp N     Space vertical distance N up or down according to sign  of  N
                 (default scaling indicator v).
       .special  Reset global list of special fonts to be empty.
       .special s1 s2 ...
                 Fonts  s1,  s2,  etc. are special and are searched for glyphs
                 not in the current font.
       .spreadwarn
                 Toggle the spread warning on and  off  without  changing  its
                 value.
       .spreadwarn limit
                 Emit  a warning if each space in an output line is widened by
                 limit or more (default scaling indicator m).
       .ss N     Set space glyph size to  N/12  of  the  space  width  in  the
                 current font.
       .ss N M   Set  space  glyph size to N/12 and sentence space size set to
                 M/12 of the space width in the current font.
       .sty n style
                 Associate style with font position n.
       .substring xx n1 n2
                 Replace the string named xx with the substring defined by the
                 indices n1 and n2.
       .sv       Save 1 v of vertical space.
       .sv N     Save the vertical distance N for later output with os request
                 (default scaling indicator v).
       .sy command-line
                 Execute program command-line.
       .ta T N   Set tabs after  every  position  that  is  a  multiple  of  N
                 (default scaling indicator m).
       .ta n1 n2 ... nn T r1 r2 ... rn
                 Set  tabs  at  positions  n1,  n2,  ..., nn, then set tabs at
                 nn+r1, nn+r2, ..., nn+rn, then at  nn+rn+r1,  nn+rn+r2,  ...,
                 nn+rn+rn, and so on.
       .tc       Remove tab repetition glyph.
       .tc c     Set tab repetition glyph to c.
       .ti +-N   Temporary indent next line (default scaling indicator m).
       .tkf font s1 n1 s2 n2
                 Enable track kerning for font.
       .tl 'left'center'right'
                 Three-part title.
       .tm anything
                 Print anything on stdout.
       .tm1 anything
                 Print  anything  on  stdout,  allowing  leading whitespace if
                 anything starts with " (which is stripped off).
       .tmc anything
                 Similar to .tm1 without emitting a final newline.
       .tr abcd...
                 Translate a to b, c to d, etc. on output.
       .trf filename
                 Transparently output the contents of file filename.
       .trin abcd...
                 This is the same as the tr request except  that  the  asciify
                 request uses the character code (if any) before the character
                 translation.
       .trnt abcd...
                 This  is  the  same  as  the  tr  request  except  that   the
                 translations  do  not  apply  to  text  that is transparently
                 throughput into a diversion with \!.
       .troff    Make the built-in conditions t true and n false.
       .uf font  Set underline font to font (to be switched to by .ul).
       .ul N     Underline (italicize in troff) N input lines.
       .unformat diversion
                 Unformat space characters and tabs in  diversion,  preserving
                 font information.
       .vpt n    Enable vertical position traps if n is non-zero, disable them
                 otherwise.
       .vs       Change to previous vertical base line spacing.
       .vs +-N   Set vertical  base  line  spacing  to  +-N  (default  scaling
                 indicator p).
       .warn n   Set warnings code to n.
       .warnscale si
                 Set scaling indicator used in warnings to si.
       .wh N     Remove (first) trap at position N.
       .wh N trap
                 Set location trap; negative means from page bottom.
       .while cond anything
                 While condition cond is true, accept anything as input.
       .write stream anything
                 Write anything to the stream named stream.
       .writec stream anything
                 Similar to .write without emitting a final newline.
       .writem stream xx
                 Write  contents  of  macro  or  string xx to the stream named
                 stream.

       Besides these standard groff requests, there  might  be  further  macro
       calls.   They  can  originate  from a macro package (see roff(7) for an
       overview) or from a preprocessor.

       Preprocessor macros are easy to be recognized.  They enclose their code
       into a pair of characteristic macros.

                      +-------------+-------------+------------+
                      |preprocessor | start macro |  end macro |
                      +-------------+-------------+------------+
                      |    eqn      |     .EQ     |    .EN     |
                      |    grap     |     .G1     |    .G2     |
                      |    grn      |     .GS     |    .GE     |
                      |    pic      |     .PS     |    .PE     |
                      |   refer     |     .R1     |    .R2     |
                      |   soelim    |    none     |    none    |
                      |    tbl      |     .TS     |    .TE     |
                      +-------------+-------------+------------+

ESCAPE SEQUENCES

       Escape  sequences are in-line language elements usually introduced by a
       backslash '\' and followed  by  an  escape  name  and  sometimes  by  a
       required  argument.   Input  processing is continued directly after the
       escaped character or the argument (without  an  intervening  separation
       character).   So there must be a way to determine the end of the escape
       name and the end of the argument.

       This is done by enclosing names (escape name and  arguments  consisting
       of a variable name) by a pair of brackets [name] and constant arguments
       (number expressions and characters) by apostrophes  (ASCII  0x27)  like
       'constant'.

       There  are  abbreviations  for short names.  Two-character escape names
       can be specified by an opening parenthesis like \(xy or \*(xy without a
       closing  counterpart.   And  all one-character names different from the
       special characters '[' and '(' can even be specified without a  marker,
       for example \nc or \$c.

       Constant  arguments  of  length 1 can omit the marker apostrophes, too,
       but there is no two-character analogue.

       While one-character  escape  sequences  are  mainly  used  for  in-line
       functions  and system related tasks, the two-letter names following the
       \( construct are glyphs predefined by the roff system; these are called
       `Special Characters' in the classical documentation.  Escapes sequences
       of the form \[name] denote glyphs too.

   Single-Character Escapes
       \"     Start of a comment.  Everything up to the end  of  the  line  is
              ignored.
       \#     Everything  up  to  and  including  the next newline is ignored.
              This is interpreted in copy mode.  This is like \"  except  that
              the terminating newline is ignored as well.
       \*s    The  string  stored  in  the  string variable with one-character
              name s.
       \*(st  The string stored in the string variable with two-character name
              st.
       \*[string]
              The  string stored in the string variable with name string (with
              arbitrary length).
       \*[stringvar arg1 arg2 ...]
              The string stored in the string variable with  arbitrarily  long
              name stringvar, taking arg1, arg2, ... as arguments.
       \$0    The  name  by  which  the  current  macro  was invoked.  The als
              request can make a macro have more than one name.
       \$x    Macro or string argument with one-digit number x in the range  1
              to 9.
       \$(xy  Macro  or  string argument with two-digit number xy (larger than
              zero).
       \$[nexp]
              Macro or string argument with  number  nexp,  where  nexp  is  a
              numerical expression evaluating to an integer >=1.
       \$*    In  a  macro  or  string, the concatenation of all the arguments
              separated by spaces.
       \$@    In a macro or string, the concatenation  of  all  the  arguments
              with each surrounded by double quotes, and separated by spaces.
       \$^    In a macro, the representation of all parameters as if they were
              an argument to the ds request.
       \\     reduces  to  a   single   backslash;   useful   to   delay   its
              interpretation   as  escape  character  in  copy  mode.   For  a
              printable backslash,  use  \e,  or  even  better  \[rs],  to  be
              independent from the current escape character.
       \'     The  acute accent '; same as \(aa.  Unescaped: apostrophe, right
              quotation mark, single quote (ASCII 0x27).
       \`     The grave accent  `;  same  as  \(ga.   Unescaped:  left  quote,
              backquote (ASCII 0x60).
       \-     The - (minus) sign in the current font.
       \_     The same as \(ul, the underline character.
       \.     An uninterpreted dot (period), even at start of line.
       \%     Default optional hyphenation character.
       \!     Transparent line indicator.
       \?anything?
              In  a  diversion,  this  transparently  embeds  anything  in the
              diversion.  anything is read in copy mode.  See also the  escape
              sequences \!  and \?.
       \space Unpaddable space size space glyph (no line break).
       \0     Digit-width space.
       \|     1/6 em narrow space glyph; zero width in nroff.
       \^     1/12 em half-narrow space glyph; zero width in nroff.
       \&     Non-printable, zero-width glyph.
       \)     Like  \&  except  that it behaves like a glyph declared with the
              cflags request to be transparent for  the  purposes  of  end-of-
              sentence recognition.
       \/     Increases  the  width of the preceding glyph so that the spacing
              between that glyph and the following glyph  is  correct  if  the
              following glyph is a roman glyph.
       \,     Modifies  the spacing of the following glyph so that the spacing
              between that glyph and the preceding glyph  is  correct  if  the
              preceding glyph is a roman glyph.
       \~     Unbreakable  space that stretches like a normal inter-word space
              when a line is adjusted.
       \:     Inserts a zero-width break point (similar to \%  but  without  a
              soft hyphen character).
       \newline
              Ignored newline, for continuation lines.
       \{     Begin conditional input.
       \}     End conditional input.
       \(sc   A   glyph  with  two-character  name  sc;  see  section  Special
              Characters.
       \[name]
              A glyph with name name (of arbitrary length).
       \[comp1 comp2 ...]
              A composite glyph with components comp1, comp2, ...
       \a     Non-interpreted leader character.
       \A'anything'
              If anything  is  acceptable  as  a  name  of  a  string,  macro,
              diversion,  register,  environment  or font it expands to 1, and
              to 0 otherwise.
       \b'abc...'
              Bracket building function.
       \B'anything'
              If anything is acceptable  as  a  valid  numeric  expression  it
              expands to 1, and to 0 otherwise.
       \c     Interrupt text processing.
       \C'glyph'
              The  glyph  called  glyph;  same  as \[glyph], but compatible to
              other roff versions.
       \d     Forward (down) 1/2 em (1/2 line in nroff).
       \D'charseq'
              Draw a graphical element defined by the characters  in  charseq;
              see the groff info file for details.
       \e     Printable version of the current escape character.
       \E     Equivalent  to  an  escape  character, but is not interpreted in
              copy mode.
       \fF    Change to font with one-character name or one-digit number F.
       \fP    Switch back to previous font.
       \f(fo  Change to font with two-character name or two-digit number fo.
       \f[font]
              Change to font with arbitrarily long name or  number  expression
              font.
       \f[]   Switch back to previous font.
       \Ff    Change to font family with one-character name f.
       \F(fm  Change to font family with two-character name fm.
       \F[fam]
              Change to font family with arbitrarily long name fam.
       \F[]   Switch back to previous font family.
       \gr    Return format of register with one-character name r suitable for
              af request.
       \g(rg  Return format of register with two-character  name  rg  suitable
              for af request.
       \g[reg]
              Return  format  of  register  with  arbitrarily  long  name  reg
              suitable for af request.
       \h'N'  Local horizontal motion; move right N (left if negative).
       \H'N'  Set height of current font to N.
       \kr    Mark horizontal input place in one-character register r.
       \k(rg  Mark horizontal input place in two-character register rg.
       \k[reg]
              Mark horizontal input place in register  with  arbitrarily  long
              name reg.
       \l'Nc' Horizontal line drawing function (optionally using character c).
       \L'Nc' Vertical line drawing function (optionally using character c).
       \mc    Change to color with one-character name c.
       \m(cl  Change to color with two-character name cl.
       \m[color]
              Change to color with arbitrarily long name color.
       \m[]   Switch back to previous color.
       \Mc    Change filling color for closed drawn objects to color with one-
              character name c.
       \M(cl  Change filling color for closed drawn objects to color with two-
              character name cl.
       \M[color]
              Change  filling  color  for  closed  drawn objects to color with
              arbitrarily long name color.
       \M[]   Switch to previous fill color.
       \nr    The numerical value stored in the  register  variable  with  the
              one-character name r.
       \n(re  The  numerical  value  stored  in the register variable with the
              two-character name re.
       \n[reg]
              The  numerical  value  stored  in  the  register  variable  with
              arbitrarily long name reg.
       \N'n'  Typeset  the glyph with index n in the current font.  No special
              fonts are searched.  Useful for adding  (named)  entities  to  a
              document using the char request and friends.
       \o'abc...'
              Overstrike glyphs a, b, c, etc.
       \O0    Disable glyph output.  Mainly for internal use.
       \O1    Enable glyph output.  Mainly for internal use.
       \p     Break and spread output line.
       \r     Reverse 1 em vertical motion (reverse line in nroff).
       \R'name +-n'
              The same as .nr name +-n.
       \s+-N  Set/increase/decrease the point size to/by N scaled points; N is
              a one-digit number in the range 1 to 9.  Same as ps request.
       \s(+-N
       \s+-(N Set/increase/decrease the point size to/by N scaled points; N is
              a two-digit number >=1.  Same as ps request.
       \s[+-N]
       \s+-[N]
       \s'+-N'
       \s+-'N'
              Set/increase/decrease  the  point  size  to/by  N scaled points.
              Same as ps request.
       \S'N'  Slant output by N degrees.
       \t     Non-interpreted horizontal tab.
       \u     Reverse (up) 1/2 em vertical motion (1/2 line in nroff).
       \v'N'  Local vertical motion; move down N (up if negative).
       \Ve    The contents of  the  environment  variable  with  one-character
              name e.
       \V(ev  The contents of the environment variable with two-character name
              ev.
       \V[env]
              The contents of the environment variable with  arbitrarily  long
              name env.
       \w'string'
              The width of the glyph sequence string.
       \x'N'  Extra line-space function (negative before, positive after).
       \X'string'
              Output string as device control function.
       \Yn    Output  string  variable  or  macro  with  one-character  name n
              uninterpreted as device control function.
       \Y(nm  Output string variable  or  macro  with  two-character  name  nm
              uninterpreted as device control function.
       \Y[name]
              Output  string variable or macro with arbitrarily long name name
              uninterpreted as device control function.
       \zc    Print c with zero width (without spacing).
       \Z'anything'
              Print anything and then  restore  the  horizontal  and  vertical
              position; anything may not contain tabs or leaders.

       The  escape  sequences \e, \., \", \$, \*, \a, \n, \t, \g, and \newline
       are interpreted in copy mode.

       Escape sequences starting  with  \(  or  \[  do  not  represent  single
       character escape sequences, but introduce escape names with two or more
       characters.

       If a backslash is followed by a character that does  not  constitute  a
       defined  escape  sequence,  the  backslash  is silently ignored and the
       character maps to itself.

   Special Characters
       [Note: `Special Characters' is a misnomer; those entities are  (output)
       glyphs, not (input) characters.]

       Common  special  characters  are  predefined by escape sequences of the
       form \(xy with characters x and y.  Some of these exist  in  the  usual
       font  while most of them are only available in the special font.  Below
       you can find a selection of the most important glyphs; a complete  list
       can be found in groff_char(7).

              \(bu   Bullet sign
              \(co   Copyright
              \(ct   Cent
              \(dd   Double dagger
              \(de   Degree
              \(dg   Dagger
              \(rq   Printable double quote
              \(em   Em-dash
              \(hy   Hyphen
              \(rg   Registered sign
              \(rs   Printable backslash character
              \(sc   Section sign
              \(ul   Underline character
              \(==   Identical
              \(>=   Larger or equal
              \(<=   Less or equal
              \(!=   Not equal
              \(->   Right arrow
              \(<-   Left arrow
              \(+-   Plus-minus sign

   Strings
       Strings  are  defined  by the ds request and can be retrieved by the \*
       escape sequence.

       Strings share their name space with  macros.   So  strings  and  macros
       without  arguments  are  roughly  equivalent;  it is possible to call a
       string  like  a  macro  and  vice-versa,  but  this  often   leads   to
       unpredictable results.  The following string is the only one predefined
       in groff.

       \*[.T]    The name of the current output device as specified by the  -T
                 command line option.

REGISTERS

       Registers  are  variables that store a value.  In groff, most registers
       store numerical values (see section NUMERICAL EXPRESSIONS  above),  but
       some can also hold a string value.

       Each  register is given a name.  Arbitrary registers can be defined and
       set with the nr request.

       The value stored in a register can be retrieved by the escape sequences
       introduced by \n.

       Most  useful  are  predefined registers.  In the following the notation
       name is used to refer to register name to  make  clear  that  we  speak
       about  registers.   Please keep in mind that the \n[] decoration is not
       part of the register name.

   Read-only Registers
       The following registers have  predefined  values  that  should  not  be
       modified  by  the  user (usually, registers starting with a dot a read-
       only).  Mostly, they provide information on  the  current  settings  or
       store results from request calls.

       \n[$$]    The process ID of troff.
       \n[.$]    Number of arguments in the current macro or string.
       \n[.a]    Post-line extra line-space most recently utilized using \x.
       \n[.A]    Set to 1 in troff if option -A is used; always 1 in nroff.
       \n[.b]    The emboldening offset while .bd is active.
       \n[.br]   Within  a  macro,  set to 1 if macro called with the `normal'
                 control character, and to 0 otherwise.
       \n[.c]    Current input line number.
       \n[.C]    1 if compatibility mode is in effect, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.cdp]  The depth of the last glyph added to the current environment.
                 It is positive if the glyph extends below the baseline.
       \n[.ce]   The  number  of lines remaining to be centered, as set by the
                 ce request.
       \n[.cht]  The  height  of  the  last  glyph  added   to   the   current
                 environment.   It  is positive if the glyph extends above the
                 baseline.
       \n[.color]
                 1 if colors are enabled, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.csk]  The skew of the last glyph added to the current  environment.
                 The  skew of a glyph is how far to the right of the center of
                 a glyph the center of an accent over  that  glyph  should  be
                 placed.
       \n[.d]    Current   vertical  place  in  current  diversion;  equal  to
                 register nl.
       \n[.ev]   The name  or  number  of  the  current  environment  (string-
                 valued).
       \n[.f]    Current font number.
       \n[.F]    The name of the current input file (string-valued).
       \n[.fam]  The current font family (string-valued).
       \n[.fn]   The current (internal) real font name (string-valued).
       \n[.fp]   The number of the next free font position.
       \n[.g]    Always  1  in  GNU  troff.   Macros  should use it to test if
                 running under groff.
       \n[.h]    Text base-line high-water mark on current page or diversion.
       \n[.H]    Available horizontal resolution in basic units.
       \n[.height]
                 The current font height as set with \H.
       \n[.hla]  The current hyphenation language as set by the hla request.
       \n[.hlc]  The number of immediately  preceding  consecutive  hyphenated
                 lines.
       \n[.hlm]  The  maximum  allowed number of consecutive hyphenated lines,
                 as set by the hlm request.
       \n[.hy]   The current hyphenation flags (as set by the hy request).
       \n[.hym]  The current hyphenation margin (as set by the hym request).
       \n[.hys]  The current hyphenation space (as set by the hys request).
       \n[.i]    Current indentation.
       \n[.in]   The indentation that applies to the current output line.
       \n[.int]  Positive if last output line contains \c.
       \n[.j]    The current adjustment mode.  It can be stored  and  used  to
                 set adjustment.  (n=1, b=1, l=0, r=5, c=3).
       \n[.k]    The  current  horizontal  output  position  (relative  to the
                 current indentation).
       \n[.kern] 1 if pairwise kerning is enabled, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.l]    Current line length.
       \n[.L]    The current line spacing setting as set by .ls.
       \n[.lg]   The current ligature mode (as set by the lg request).
       \n[.linetabs]
                 The current line-tabs mode (as set by the linetabs request).
       \n[.ll]   The line length that applies to the current output line.
       \n[.lt]   The title length (as set by the lt request).
       \n[.m]    The current drawing color (string-valued).
       \n[.M]    The current background color (string-valued).
       \n[.n]    Length of text portion on previous output line.
       \n[.ne]   The amount of space that was needed in the  last  ne  request
                 that  caused a trap to be sprung.  Useful in conjunction with
                 register .trunc.
       \n[.ns]   1 if in no-space mode, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.o]    Current page offset.
       \n[.O]    The suppression nesting level (see \O).
       \n[.p]    Current page length.
       \n[.P]    1 if the current page  is  being  printed,  0  otherwise  (as
                 determined by the -o command line option).
       \n[.pe]   1 during page ejection, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.pn]   The  number  of  the  next page: either the value set by a pn
                 request, or the number of the current page plus 1.
       \n[.ps]   The current point size in scaled points.
       \n[.psr]  The last-requested point size in scaled points.
       \n[.pvs]  The current post-vertical line spacing.
       \n[.R]    The number of unused number registers.  Always 10000  in  GNU
                 troff.
       \n[.rj]   The  number  of  lines to be right-justified as set by the rj
                 request.
       \n[.s]    Current point size as a decimal fraction.
       \n[.slant]
                 The slant of the current font as set with \S.
       \n[.sr]   The last requested point size in points as a decimal fraction
                 (string-valued).
       \n[.ss]   The  value of the parameters set by the first argument of the
                 ss request.
       \n[.sss]  The value of the parameters set by the second argument of the
                 ss request.
       \n[.sty]  The current font style (string-valued).
       \n[.t]    Vertical distance to the next trap.
       \n[.T]    Set to 1 if option -T is used.
       \n[.tabs] A  string representation of the current tab settings suitable
                 for use as an argument to the ta request.
       \n[.trunc]
                 The amount of vertical space truncated by the  most  recently
                 sprung  vertical position trap, or, if the trap was sprung by
                 a ne request, minus the amount of vertical motion produced by
                 .ne.  Useful in conjunction with the register .ne.
       \n[.u]    Equal to 1 in fill mode and 0 in no-fill mode.
       \n[.U]    Equal to 1 in safer mode and 0 in unsafe mode.
       \n[.v]    Current vertical line spacing.
       \n[.V]    Available vertical resolution in basic units.
       \n[.vpt]  1 if vertical position traps are enabled, 0 otherwise.
       \n[.w]    Width of previous glyph.
       \n[.warn] The  sum  of  the  number  codes  of  the  currently  enabled
                 warnings.
       \n[.x]    The major version number.
       \n[.y]    The minor version number.
       \n[.Y]    The revision number of groff.
       \n[.z]    Name of current diversion.
       \n[.zoom] Zoom factor for current font (in multiples of 1/1000th;  zero
                 if no magnification).

   Writable Registers
       The following registers can be read and written by the user.  They have
       predefined default values, but these can be modified for customizing  a
       document.

       \n[%]     Current page number.
       \n[c.]    Current input line number.
       \n[ct]    Character type (set by width function \w).
       \n[dl]    Maximal width of last completed diversion.
       \n[dn]    Height of last completed diversion.
       \n[dw]    Current day of week (1-7).
       \n[dy]    Current day of month (1-31).
       \n[hours] The number of hours past midnight.  Initialized at start-up.
       \n[hp]    Current horizontal position at input line.
       \n[llx]   Lower  left  x-coordinate  (in  PostScript  units) of a given
                 PostScript image (set by .psbb).
       \n[lly]   Lower left y-coordinate (in  PostScript  units)  of  a  given
                 PostScript image (set by .psbb).
       \n[ln]    Output line number.
       \n[lsn]   The number of leading spaces of an input line.
       \n[lss]   The  horizontal  space corresponding to the leading spaces of
                 an input line.
       \n[minutes]
                 The number of minutes after the hour.  Initialized at  start-
                 up.
       \n[mo]    Current month (1-12).
       \n[nl]    Vertical position of last printed text base-line.
       \n[opmaxx]
       \n[opmaxy]
       \n[opminx]
       \n[opminy]
                 These  four registers mark the top left and bottom right hand
                 corners of a box which encompasses all written glyphs.   They
                 are reset to -1 by \O0 or \O1.
       \n[rsb]   Like register sb, but takes account of the heights and depths
                 of glyphs.
       \n[rst]   Like register st, but takes account of the heights and depths
                 of glyphs.
       \n[sb]    Depth  of string below base line (generated by width function
                 \w).
       \n[seconds]
                 The number of  seconds  after  the  minute.   Initialized  at
                 start-up.
       \n[skw]   Right  skip width from the center of the last glyph in the \w
                 argument.
       \n[slimit]
                 If greater than 0, the maximum number of objects on the input
                 stack.   If  <=0  there  is  no  limit,  i.e.,  recursion can
                 continue until virtual memory is exhausted.
       \n[ssc]   The amount  of  horizontal  space  (possibly  negative)  that
                 should  be  added  to  the  last  glyph  before  a  subscript
                 (generated by width function \w).
       \n[st]    Height of string above base line (generated by width function
                 \w).
       \n[systat]
                 The  return  value  of  the system() function executed by the
                 last sy request.
       \n[urx]   Upper right x-coordinate (in PostScript  units)  of  a  given
                 PostScript image (set by .psbb).
       \n[ury]   Upper  right  y-coordinate  (in  PostScript units) of a given
                 PostScript image (set by .psbb).
       \n[year]  The current year (year 2000 compliant).
       \n[yr]    Current year minus 1900.  For  Y2K  compliance  use  register
                 year instead.

COMPATIBILITY

       The  differences of the groff language in comparison to classical troff
       as defined by [CSTR #54] are documented in groff_diff(7).

       The groff system provides a compatibility mode, see groff(1) on how  to
       invoke this.

BUGS

       Report bugs to the groff bug mailing list <bug-groff@gnu.org>.  Include
       a complete, self-contained example  that  will  allow  the  bug  to  be
       reproduced, and say which version of groff you are using.

AUTHORS

       Copyright  (C)  2000,  2001,  2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,
       2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       This document is distributed under the  terms  of  the  FDL  (GNU  Free
       Documentation  License) version 1.3 or later.  You should have received
       a copy of the FDL on your system, it is also available on-line  at  the
       GNU copyleft site <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html>.

       This  document  is  part  of  groff, the GNU roff distribution.  It was
       written by Bernd Warken <bwarken@mayn.de>; it is maintained  by  Werner
       Lemberg <wl@gnu.org>.

SEE ALSO

       The  main  source  of  information  for the groff language is the groff
       info(1) file.  Besides the gory details, it contains many examples.

       groff(1)
              the usage of the groff program and pointers to the documentation
              and availability of the groff system.

       groff_diff(7)
              the  differences  of the groff language as compared to classical
              roff.  This is the authoritative  document  for  the  predefined
              language elements that are specific to groff.

       groff_char(7)
              the predefined groff special characters (glyphs).

       groff_font(5)
              the specification of fonts and the DESC file.

       roff(7)
              the  history  of  roff,  the  common  parts  shared  by all roff
              systems, and pointers to further documentation.

       [CSTR #54]
              Nroff/Troff  User's  Manual  by  Ossanna  &  Kernighan  <http://
              cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/cstr/54.ps.gz> -- the bible for classical
              troff.