DEC Runoff to any modern format conversion or DEC MSCP protocol specs

Pete Turnbull pete at
Thu Jun 4 14:51:32 CDT 2015

On 04/06/2015 20:17, Paul Koning wrote:

>> 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:
> and convert to that.  It looks like that wouldn’t be hard.

runoff is pretty simple, so a converter shouldn't be hard to do.  You 
might look for Unix roff, which begat nroff/troff.


Pete Turnbull

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