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

Mark Wickens mark at
Thu Jun 4 16:01:25 CDT 2015

If it produces DEC/ANSI escape codes I have a converter that will turn 
it into HTML?

On 04/06/15 21:25, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Jun 4, 2015, at 3:53 PM, Mark Wickens <mark at> wrote:
>> Someone (possibly me) surely can process the files with dec runoff
>> directly? Doesnt it support postscript output?
> Not any version I have ever seen; they all produce plain lineprinter output (with overprinting for things like underlining).  You can of course take the formatted output and run it through a simple postprocessor like pstext.
> Some versions of troff can produce PostScript (current Linux or Darwin ones, for example) so if you can do runoff->troff then you have a direct path to PostScript.  But you’re right, if someone would offer to run an actual RUNOFF on the sources, that would be a good approach.  I could do it on a RSTS system, which might work provided the source doesn’t use VMS-specific Runoff features.
> 	paul

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