DEC Runoff to any modern format conversion or DEC MSCP protocol specs
paulkoning at comcast.net
Thu Jun 4 14:17:36 CDT 2015
> On Jun 4, 2015, at 1:47 PM, Tom Gardner <t.gardner at computer.org> wrote:
> I have multiple DEC Runoff (.rno extension) files for the manual on DEC's
> MSCP protocol. I'd like to convert them to a modern format. The manual is
> dated circa 1992 incorporating ecos thru MSCP23-4 and is revision 2.4 (or
> later) of MSCP. What appears to be an early version (Apr 1982 rev 1.2) is
> I've searched for a convertor without much luck, there is a VMS Pascal
> converter at https://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/support/rnototex which
> converts to LaTex which can then be converted to pdf, but I don't have any
> DEC equipment.
There are Pascal compilers for Unix, for example gpc. It has its limitations but it may be sufficient.
> DECs Runoff is a markup language that sort of looks like an early HTML, so I
> suppose I could try a grep conversion to HTML, or just strip out the markup.
A much closer relative is Unix “troff” format, which apparently goes back to something in Multics called “runoff”. Fancy that. So you might dig up a troff manual (here’s one: http://www.troff.org/54.pdf) and convert to that. It looks like that wouldn’t be hard.
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