man – macros to typeset manual|
nroff –man file ... |
troff –man file ...
These macros are used to format pages of this manual. |
Except in .LR and .RL requests, any text argument denoted t in the request summary may be zero to six words. Quotes " ... " may be used to include blanks in a `word'. If t is empty, the special treatment is applied to the next text input line (the next line that doesn't begin with dot). In this way, for example, .I may be used to italicize a line of more than 6 words, or .SM followed by .B to make small letters in `bold' font.
A prevailing indent distance is remembered between successive indented paragraphs, and is reset to default value upon reaching a non–indented paragraph. Default units for indents i are ens.
The fonts are
Type font and size are reset to default values before each paragraph, and after processing font– or size–setting macros.
These strings are predefined by –man:
Request Cause If no Explanation
* n.t.l. = next text line; p.i. = prevailing indent
There's no way to fool troff into handling literal double quote
marks " in font–alternation macros, such as .BI.|
There is no direct way to suppress column widows in 2–column output; the column lengths may be adjusted by inserting .sp requests before the closing .1C.