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       yodlmanpage - Yodl’s ‘manpage’ document type


       The  manpage  document  type  was  specifically  implemented  to  write
       Unix-style manual pages. Other Yodl document formats, such as  article,
       report and book are documented in the Yodl guide and in the manpage for


       This manual page briefly describes the manpage  document  type  of  the
       YOLD  document  language. This document type is specific enough that it
       warrants a separate manpage.

       manpage documents do not use the ‘standard’ sectioning commands  (e.g.,
       sect()  and subsect()), but have specific manpage...() macros.  You can
       however use (and are encouraged to..) other ‘normal’  macros,  such  as
       description(...)  or  itemization(...)  for lists, or bf() for boldface
       and em() for emphasis. As for fonts, the following is suggested:

       o      Use em(text) when text is a variable, or a placeholder, etc..

       o      Use bf(text)  when  text  is  literal,  such  as  a  command,  a
              filename,  a  directory.   Each manpage document in Yodl must be
              organized as follows:

       o      manpage(name) (section) (date) (package) (source): This  is  the
              preamble of the document. It states whatever the page describes,
              the section where it belongs, the release date, the package that
              it  belongs  to,  and  the  source  of the package.  The section
              number should be (according to the Linux manpage on man): 1  for
              commands, 2 for system calls, 3 for library calls, 4 for special
              files, 5 for file formats, 6 for games, 7 for macro packages and
              conventions,  8  for system management commands, and 9 for other
              special subjects (e.g., kernel commands).

       o      manpagename(name)  (short  description):   The  name  is   again
              whatever  is  described, the short description is what e.g., the
              whatis database uses for descriptions.

       o      manpagesynopsis(): a very short ‘usage’ information or  similar.
              Keep  this  section short, e.g., a line with all program options
              is acceptable but without descriptions (these come later).

       o      manpagedescription(): the purpose of the program and such.  This
              is also the place to document the workings.

       o      manpageoptions():  This  is the place to document e.g. the flags
              that are  stated  in  the  manpagesynopsis().  This  section  is
              optional, but when present, must appear at this place.

       o      manpagefiles(): relevant files are described in this section.

       o      manpageseealso(): this section lists related manual pages.

       o      manpagediagnostics(): Error conditions, error messages, etc..

       o      manpagebugs():  This  is  where  known  bugs are described. This
              section is optional.

       o      manpageauthor(): stating the author and/or the maintainer.

       o      manpagesection(NAME): This macro starts a generic,  non-required
              section. E.g., you might want a manpagesection(EXAMPLES) in your
              document. As a typographic suggestion, use upper  case  for  the
              NAME argument for consistency reasons.


       yodlstriproff(1),    yodl(1),    yodlbuiltins(7),    yodlconverters(1),
       yodlletter(7), yodlmacros(7), yodlpost(1), yodlverbinsert(1).




       Frank B. Brokken (,