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MAN(6)					   Games Manual 				   MAN(6)

       man - macros to typeset manual

       nroff -man file ...

       troff -man file ...

       These macros are used to format pages of this manual.

       Except  in and requests, any text argument denoted t in the request summary may be zero to
       six words.  Quotes " ... " may be used to include blanks in a `word'.  If t is empty,  the
       special treatment is applied to the next text input line (the next line that doesn't begin
       with dot).  In this way, for example, .I may be used to italicize a line of  more  than	6
       words, or .SM followed by .B to make small letters in `bold' font.

       A  prevailing indent distance is remembered between successive indented paragraphs, and is
       reset to default value upon reaching a non-indented paragraph.  Default units for  indents
       i are ens.

       The fonts are

       R      roman, the main font, preferred for diagnostics
       I      italic,  preferred  for parameters, short names of commands, names of manual pages,
	      and naked function names
       `bold', actually the constant width font,
	      preferred for examples, file names, declarations, keywords, names  of  struct  mem-
	      bers, and literals (numbers are rarely literals)
       L      also  the  constant width font.  In troff L=B; in nroff arguments of the macros .L,
	      .LR, and .RL are printed in quotes; preferred only where quotes really  help  (e.g.
	      lower-case literals and punctuation).

       Type font and size are reset to default values before each paragraph, and after processing
       font- or size-setting macros.

       The -man macros admit equations and tables in the style of eqn(1) and tbl(1), but  do  not
       support arguments on .EQ and .TS macros.

       These strings are predefined by -man:

       \*R    `(Reg)', trademark symbol in troff.
       \*S    Change to default type size.


       troff(1), man(1)

			 Request   Cause If    no    Explanation	      Break Argument   .B
			 t	no    t=n.t.l.*Text t is `bold'.   .BI	t     no    t=n.t.l. Join
			 words	of  t alternating bold and italic.  .BR t     no    t=n.t.l. Join
			 words of t alternating bold and Roman.  .DT	   no		  Restore
			 default    tabs.     .EE	yes	       End    displayed   example
			 .EX	   yes		  Begin       displayed        example	      .HP
			 i     yes   i=p.i.*  Set  prevailing  indent to i.  Begin paragraph with
			 hanging  indent.   .I	t      no    t=n.t.l. Text  t  is  italic.    .IB
			 t     no    t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating italic and bold.  .IP x
			 i   yes   x=""     Same     as     .TP     with     tag     x.       .IR
			 t     no    t=n.t.l. Join  words  of t alternating italic and Roman.  .L
			 t	no    t=n.t.l. Text t is literal.   .LP       yes	     Same
			 as  .PP.  .LR t     no 	    Join 2 words of t alternating literal
			 and  Roman.   .PD  d	  no	d=.4v	 Interparagraph  distance  is  d.
			 .PP	   yes		  Begin  paragraph.   Set  prevailing  indent  to
			 default.  .RE	     yes	    End of relative indent.  Set prevail-
			 ing  indent  to  amount  of starting .RS.  .RI t     no    t=n.t.l. Join
			 words of t alternating Roman and italic.  .RL	t     no	     Join
			 2   or   3   words   of   t   alternating   Roman   and   literal.   .RS
			 i     yes   i=p.i.   Start relative indent, move left margin in distance
			 i.    Set   prevailing  indent  to  default  for  nested  indents.   .SH
			 t     yes   t=""     Subhead;	  reset    paragraph	distance.     .SM
			 t     no    t=n.t.l. Text  t  is  small.   .SS t     no    t=""     Sec-
			 ondary subhead.  .TF s     yes 	   Prevailing indent is  wide  as
			 string   s   in   font   L;   paragraph   distance   is   0.	.TH  n	c
			 x yes		  Begin page named n of chapter c; x is extra commentary,
			 e.g. `local', for page head.  Set prevailing indent and tabs to default.
			 .TP i	     yes   i=p.i.   Set prevailing indent to i.  Restore  default
			 indent  if i=0.  Begin indented paragraph with hanging tag given by next
			 text  line.   If  tag	doesn't  fit,  place   it   on	 separate   line.
			 .1C	   yes		  Equalize  columns and return to 1-column output
			 .2C	   yes		  Start 2-column nofill output

       * n.t.l. = next text line; p.i. = prevailing indent

       There's no way to fool troff into handling literal double quote marks "	in  font-alterna-
       tion macros, such as
       There  is  no  direct way to suppress column widows in 2-column output; the column lengths
       may be adjusted by inserting requests before the closing


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