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From: "Randall S. Becker" <>
To: "'Felipe Contreras'" <>,
	"'Junio C Hamano'" <>,
	"'Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason'" <>
Cc: <>
Subject: RE: Man pages have colors? A deep dive into groff
Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 18:54:54 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <00b701d74b6f$aa295ed0$fe7c1c70$> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <60a2f1c4cab0d_13c3702083a@natae.notmuch>

On May 17, 2021 6:44 PM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <> writes:
>> > This looks much better.
>> >
>> > I wonder a good follow-up (hint, hint! :) would be to have
>> > exec_man_man() and exec_man_cmd() in builtin/help.c set this
>> > depending on color.ui (so we'd do it by default with "auto").
>> >
>> > Then e.g. "git help git" would look prettier than "man git".
>> As long as can be used to override the blanket color.ui,
>> I think it is a good idea.
>Why not use color.pager?

I think there is a lesson to be learned from git checkout; specifically not to overload semantics. Manual representation is a presentation world unto itself that has should not be blended with programs like less. More than that, being someone who loves automated documentation generation, manual representation has a broader semantic that should not be dismissed. There are probably a whole class of colours that ultimately might be requested - might be me - so I'd rather not blend these into color.pager.

Just my tuppence. 


  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-17 22:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-15 22:10 Man pages have colors? A deep dive into groff Felipe Contreras
2021-05-17 16:48 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-17 19:28   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-17 22:44     ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-17 22:54       ` Randall S. Becker [this message]
2021-05-17 23:33         ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  1:27       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  4:27         ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  7:16           ` Jeff King
2021-05-18 13:21             ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18 14:27             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  1:28   ` brian m. carlson
2021-05-18  2:12     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-18  4:35       ` Felipe Contreras
2021-05-18  4:31     ` Felipe Contreras

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