[texhax] How to convert Digital Research TEX Text Formater files to plainTeX
cummip at gmail.com
Fri May 15 14:44:23 CEST 2015
Unfortunately, it's not a variant of roff, it's TeX for CP/M by Digital
Research. As I said I have the manual for DR's TEX, here's a quote from
the title page:
"The "TEX User's Guide" was prepared using the
TEX Text Formatter."
and trademark paragraph:
"The names CP/M, SID, MAC, TEX, and Digital
Research are trademarks of Digital Research."
It's just one of the infinite varieties of commercialized TeX put out in
the late 70's (1978 in this case) by various and sundry vendors.
On 5/15/2015 7:35 AM, Donald Arseneau wrote:
> On Thu, May 14, 2015 10:41 am, Peter Cumminsky wrote:
>> I need to convert a bunch of Digital Research manuals (CP/M days) to
>> pdf. I have the .tex files and have W32TeX installed in 64-bit Windows
>> 7. pdfTeX works fine on most most TeX documents but DR's use dot
>> commands instead of backslashes.
> That is called "runoff", or "Digital standard runoff"; I don't think
> TeX is involved at all. DEC also had "vax document" formatter using
> input files in "sdml" which was an early sgml. That formatter *did*
> use TeX as a formatting engine, but the TeX source it produced was
> not meant for human consumption or editing.
> Use google to search for ways to convert DSR/Runoff. Maybe it is a small
> step to convert to nroff.
> Donald Arseneau, TRIUMF CMMS, asnd at triumf.ca
| Peter Cumminsky <cummip at gmail.com>
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