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

Mark Wickens mark at
Thu Jun 4 14:53:59 CDT 2015

Someone (possibly me) surely can process the files with dec runoff
directly? Doesnt it support postscript output?
On 4 Jun 2015 20:52, "Pete Turnbull" <pete at> wrote:

> 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
> Pete Turnbull

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