[Resurrecting an old thread to provide some input from Dave Horsfall]
On 2019-Apr-11 06:52:08 +0200, Fabio Scotoni <fabio(a)esse.ch> wrote:
On 4/11/19 1:19 AM, Bakul Shah wrote:
> On Apr 10, 2019, at 3:24 PM, Clem Cole <clemc(a)ccc.com> wrote:
>> [...] is the Lions book including PS and PDF and in the original troff
> May be someone will be inspired enough to convert this to troff?
Thus, the first step would be to reverse engineer the
troff macros used
to typeset the book.
Then the TeX sources would need to be converted to those troff macros;
this can possibly be automated entirely.
Then the matching version of troff would need to be used to typeset it
(likely via apout and V6 or V7 troff).
Finally, the C/A/T typesetter output would need to be converted to
PostScript or PDF (either Adobe's psroff or Chris Lewis's psroff from
comp.unix.sources can likely help with that; I got Lewis's psroff to
work a while ago, but it's pretty brittle).
On 2019-Jun-26 11:34:31 +1000, Dave Horsfall <dave(a)horsfall.org> wrote:
'Twas NROFF on the CSU's LA120 (I should
know; I ran the Unix section),
with draft versions on a Duckwriter which I helped proof-read. Don't know
whether custom macros were used; quite likely, as he was that sort of
bloke. After all, he was a Comp Sci lecturer (one of mine!) and if you
find yourself writing the same lines over and over again...
Going by that snippet of the thread (too much to follow, as I'm still
figuring out from which lists I've been bounced) it would be a heroic
effort to reverse-engineer it, and quite likely not worth the trouble.
The original source would've been at Elec Eng, but long gone by now.
As for TROFF, well, I'm not aware that UNSW has a C/A/T :-)
Oh, the LA120 had a single-use nylon ribbon, I think, not fabric, hence
the somewhat high quality (I no longer have my Lions books to check; lost
after several house moves).