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GROFF_MS(7)	       Miscellaneous Information Manual		   GROFF_MS(7)

NAME
       groff_ms	- groff	ms macros

SYNOPSIS
       groff -ms [ options...  ] [ files...  ]
       groff -m	ms [ options...	 ] [ files...  ]

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual  page describes the	GNU version of the ms macros, which is
       part of the groff document formatting system.  The groff	ms macros  are
       intended	 to be compatible with the documented behaviour	of the 4.3 BSD
       Unix ms macros subject to the following limitations:

       o      the internals of groff ms	are not	similar	to  the	 internals  of
	      Unix ms and so documents that depend upon	implementation details
	      of Unix ms may well not work with	groff ms;

       o      there is no support for typewriter-like devices;

       o      Berkeley localisms, in particular	the TM and CT macros, are  not
	      implemented;

       o      groff ms does not	provide	cut marks;

       o      multiple	line  spacing  is  not	allowed	(use a larger vertical
	      spacing instead);

       o      groff ms does not	work in	compatibility mode (eg with the	-C op-
	      tion);

       o      the  error-handling  policy  of groff ms is to detect and	report
	      errors, rather than silently to ignore them.

       The groff ms macros make	use of many features of	GNU troff  and	there-
       fore cannot be used with	any other troff.

       Bell  Labs localisms are	not implemented	in either the BSD ms macros or
       in the groff ms macros.

       Some Unix ms documentation says that the	CW and GW number registers can
       be  used	 to  control  the  column width	and gutter width respectively.
       This is not the case.  These number registers are not used in groff ms.

       Macros that cause a reset set the indent.  Macros that change  the  in-
       dent  do	not increment or decrement the indent, but rather set it abso-
       lutely.	This can cause problems	for documents that  define  additional
       macros of their own.  The solution is to	use not	the in request but in-
       stead the RS and	RE macros.

       The number register GS is set to	1 by the groff ms macros, but  is  not
       used by the Unix	ms macros.  It is intended that	documents that need to
       determine whether they are being	formatted with Unix  ms	 or  groff  ms
       make use	of this	number register.

       Footnotes  are implemented so that they can safely be used within keeps
       and displays.  Automatically numbered footnotes within  floating	 keeps
       are  not	recommended.  It is safe to have another \** between a \** and
       the corresponding .FS; it is required only that each  .FS  occur	 after
       the  corresponding  \** and that	the occurrences	of .FS are in the same
       order as	the corresponding occurrences of \**.

       The strings \*{ and \*} can be used to begin and	end a superscript.

       Some Unix V10 ms	features are implemented.  The B, I and	BI macros  can
       have  an	 optional  third argument which	will be	printed	in the current
       font before the first argument.	There  is  a  macro  CW	 like  B  that
       changes to a constant-width font.

       The  following strings can be redefined to adapt	the groff ms macros to
       languages other than English:

       String	   Default Value
       REFERENCES  References
       ABSTRACT	   ABSTRACT
       TOC	   Table of Contents
       MONTH1	   January
       MONTH2	   February
       MONTH3	   March
       MONTH4	   April
       MONTH5	   May
       MONTH6	   June
       MONTH7	   July
       MONTH8	   August
       MONTH9	   September
       MONTH10	   October
       MONTH11	   November
       MONTH12	   December

       The font	family is reset	from the string	FAM; at	initialization if this
       string  is  undefined  it is set	to the current font family.  The point
       size, vertical spacing, and inter-paragraph spacing for	footnotes  are
       taken  from  the	 number	registers FPS, FVS, and	FPD; at	initialization
       these are set to	\n(PS-2, \n[FPS]+2, and	\n(PD/2	respectively; however,
       if  any	of  these registers has	been defined before initialization, it
       will not	be set.	 The hyphenation flags (as set by the .hy request) are
       set  from  the HY register; if this has not been	defined	at initializa-
       tion, it	will be	set to 14.

       Right-aligned displays are available with .DS R and .RD.

       The following conventions are used for names  of	 macros,  strings  and
       number  registers.   External names available to	documents that use the
       groff ms	macros contain only uppercase letters and digits.   Internally
       the macros are divided into modules.  Names used	only within one	module
       are of the form module*name.  Names used	outside	the  module  in	 which
       they  are defined are of	the form module@name.  Names associated	with a
       particular environment are of the form environment:name;	these are used
       only  within  the  par  module, and name	does not have a	module prefix.
       Constructed names used to implement arrays are of the form array!index.
       Thus the	groff ms macros	reserve	the following names:

       o      names containing *;

       o      names containing @;

       o      names containing :;

       o      names containing only uppercase letters and digits.

FILES
       /usr/share/tmac/ms.tmac (a wrapper file for s.tmac)
       /usr/share/tmac/s.tmac

SEE ALSO
       groff(1), troff(1), tbl(1), pic(1), eqn(1)
       ms(7)

Groff Version 1.17.2		 6 August 2001			   GROFF_MS(7)

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