DEC Runoff to any modern format conversion - MORE INFO

Robert Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Sat Jun 6 16:04:25 CDT 2015

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> Subject: Re: DEC Runoff to any modern format conversion - MORE INFO
> On 2015-06-06 14:36, Robert Jarratt wrote:
> > I have had a go with some of Tom's files but I have encountered some
> > problems. It seems the files have some commands in them that are not
> > recognised by any of the versions of runoff that I have. I have tried
> > on VMS 5.5-2, 7.3 and 8.4.
> >
> > The commands that are not recognised include (not a full list):
> >
> > .style header
> > .autotitle
> > .ebb
> > .fta
> > .referencepoint
> >
> > I have a vague recollection that DEC had some other internal version
> > of runoff, and I wonder if these commands are for such a version.
> >
> > Anyone know?
> Not for sure, but it might be useful to know that Bonner Lab RUNOFF (which
> was mentioned before) actually have .style headers and .ebb (.enable bar),
> those might be figured out from there.
> There might be some more that Bonner Lab RUNOFF have that you might be
> looking for.
> If you are on HECnet (which I think you are, Rob), you can find the Bonner

Yes I am on HECnet, so I can take a look at that. What I don't understand
though is this: are these extensions particular to Bonner Lab, or are they
an implementation of Runoff commands that just aren't in any of the versions
I happen to have?



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