[TUHS] Documenter's Workbench versions

Kevin Bowling kevin.bowling at kev009.com
Tue Mar 8 06:57:02 AEST 2022

On Sun, Mar 6, 2022 at 6:02 PM Kevin Bowling <kevin.bowling at kev009.com> wrote:
> I am reading some UNIX text processing books and am interested in the
> lineage of Documenter's Workbench.
> I see documentation of 1.0 (i.e
> https://archive.org/details/sysv-dwb/page/n5/mode/2up)
> I see a copy of 2.0 for 3B2 (i.e.
> https://archives.loomcom.com/3b2/software/Documenters_Workbench/)
> From there things get a little less clear, it seems like we jump to
> 3.2 with SysVR3.2?
> Then there is a 3.3 version https://github.com/n-t-roff/DWB3.3
> One of my books from the late 80s references 3.4 available as a source
> code purchase independent of UNIX.
> Then it appears SGI might have had a 4.x strain?  (i.e.
> https://archive.org/details/sgi_Documenters_Workbench_4.1.3)
> Heirloom is derived from OpenSolaris which is derived from?

http://heirloom.sourceforge.net/doctools/troff.pdf has this particular
history, interestingly it seems to be divergent from 2.x and not 3.x.

> Can anyone firm this lineage up a bit; and is 4.x an SGI thing or what
> (I extracted the image, the relnotes inside might as well not exist).
> Regards,
> Kevin

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