[TUHS] SNOBOL and RATSNO [ really pic ]

Jon Steinhart jon at fourwinds.com
Thu Aug 11 04:04:31 AEST 2022

Larry McVoy writes:
> Jon gets it, I'm not the only one.  I do the same thing with a big
> invisble box, it gives you a mental place to place things.
> Also agree with the "box that fits this text" problem, pic really could
> use a sizeof("this text in the current font/point size/line spacing")
> that returns x,y.  But I don't see how to do that because pic doesn't
> have that info, pic would need to be able to ask troff what those are.
> Oh, and I've written my own crappy version of grap(1) that spits out
> pic, it was pretty easy.
> So at least Jon sees pic like I do and I suspect there are plenty more
> who do as well.  Spend some time writing some pic scripts and I suspect
> anyone can get good at seeing what it is doing.  It's a super pleasant
> little language.

Stop being so agreeable, go fishing or something :-)

Might have mentioned this before, but I have a toolchain for converting
pic to SVG as that's the only vector format that can be included in word

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