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     mdoc — quick reference guide for the -mdoc macro package

     groff -mdoc files ...

     The -mdoc package is a set of content-based and domain-based macros used
     to format the BSD man pages.  The macro names and their meanings are
     listed below for quick reference; for a detailed explanation on using the
     package, see the tutorial sampler mdoc.samples(7).

     The macros are described in two groups, the first includes the structural
     and physical page layout macros.  The second contains the manual and gen‐
     eral text domain macros which differentiate the -oc package from other
     troff formatting packages.

   Title Macros
     To create a valid manual page, these three macros, in this order, are
     .Dd   Month day, year			 Document date.
     .Dt   DOCUMENT_TITLE [section] [volume]	 Title, in upper case.
     .Os   OPERATING_SYSTEM [version/release]	 Operating system (BSD).

   Page Layout Macros
     Section headers, paragraph breaks, lists and displays.
     .Sh   Section Headers.  Valid headers, in the order of presentation:
	   NAME		  Name section, should include the ‘.Nm’ or ‘.Fn’ and
			  the ‘.Nd’ macros.
	   SYNOPSIS	  Usage.
	   DESCRIPTION	  General description, should include options and
	   RETURN VALUES  Sections two and three function calls.
	   ENVIRONMENT	  Describe environment variables.
	   FILES	  Files associated with the subject.
	   EXAMPLES	  Examples and suggestions.
	   DIAGNOSTICS	  Normally used for section four device interface
	   ERRORS	  Sections two and three error and signal handling.
	   SEE ALSO	  Cross references and citations.
	   STANDARDS	  Conformance to standards if applicable.
	   HISTORY	  If a standard is not applicable, the history of the
			  subject should be given.
	   BUGS		  Gotchas and caveats.
	   other	  Customized headers may be added at the authors dis‐
     .Ss   Subsection Headers.
     .Pp   Paragraph Break.  Vertical space (one line).
     .D1   (D-one) Display-one Indent and display one text line.
     .Dl   (D-ell) Display-one literal.	 Indent and display one line of lit‐
	   eral text.
     .Bd   Begin-display block.	 Display options:
	   -ragged	    Unjustified (ragged edges).
	   -filled	    Justified.
	   -literal	    Literal text or code.
	   -file name	    Read in named file and display.
	   -offset string   Offset display.  Acceptable string values:
			    left	Align block on left (default).
			    center	Approximate center margin.
			    indent	Six constant width spaces (a tab).
			    indent-two	Two tabs.
			    right	Left aligns block 2 inches from right.
			    xxn		Where xx is a number from 4n to 99n.
			    Aa		Where Aa is a callable macro name.
			    string	The width of string is used.
     .Ed   End-display (matches .Bd).
     .Bl   Begin-list.	Create lists or columns. Options:
		 -bullet    Bullet Item List
		 -item	    Unlabeled List
		 -enum	    Enumerated List
		 -tag	    Tag Labeled List
		 -diag	    Diagnostic List
		 -hang	    Hanging Labeled List
		 -ohang	    Overhanging Labeled List
		 -inset	    Inset or Run-on Labeled List
		 -offset    (All lists.) See ‘.Bd’ begin-display above.
		 -width	    (-tag and -hang lists only.)  See ‘.Bd’.
		 -compact   (All lists.)  Suppresses blank lines.
     .El   End-list.
     .It   List item.

     The manual and general text domain macros are special in that most of
     them are parsed for callable macros for example:

	   .Op Fl s Ar file
		       Produces [-s file]

     In this example, the option enclosure macro ‘.Op’ is parsed, and calls
     the callable content macro ‘Fl’ which operates on the argument ‘s’ and
     then calls the callable content macro ‘Ar’ which operates on the argument
     ‘file’.  Some macros may be callable, but are not parsed and vice versa.
     These macros are indicated in the parsed and callable columns below.

     Unless stated, manual domain macros share a common syntax:

	   .Va argument [ . , ; : ( ) [ ] argument ... ]

     Note: Opening and closing punctuation characters are only recognized as
     such if they are presented one at a time.	The string ‘),’ is not recog‐
     nized as punctuation and will be output with a leading white space and in
     what ever font the calling macro uses.  The argument list ‘] ) ,’ is rec‐
     ognized as three sequential closing punctuation characters and a leading
     white space is not output between the characters and the previous argu‐
     ment (if any).  The special meaning of a punctuation character may be
     escaped with the string ‘\&’.  For example the following string,

	   .Ar file1 , file2 , file3 ) .   Produces file1, file2, file3).

   Manual Domain Macros
     Name    Parsed    Callable	    Description
     Ad	     Yes       Yes	    Address. (This macro may be deprecated.)
     Ar	     Yes       Yes	    Command line argument.
     Cd	     No	       No	    Configuration declaration (section four
     Cm	     Yes       Yes	    Command line argument modifier.
     Dv	     Yes       Yes	    Defined variable (source code).
     Er	     Yes       Yes	    Error number (source code).
     Ev	     Yes       Yes	    Environment variable.
     Fa	     Yes       Yes	    Function argument.
     Fd	     Yes       Yes	    Function declaration.
     Fn	     Yes       Yes	    Function call (also .Fo and .Fc).
     Ic	     Yes       Yes	    Interactive command.
     Li	     Yes       Yes	    Literal text.
     Nm	     Yes       Yes	    Command name.
     Op	     Yes       Yes	    Option (also .Oo and .Oc).
     Ot	     Yes       Yes	    Old style function type (Fortran only).
     Pa	     Yes       Yes	    Pathname or file name.
     St	     Yes       Yes	    Standards (-p1003.2, -p1003.1 or -ansiC)
     Va	     Yes       Yes	    Variable name.
     Vt	     Yes       Yes	    Variable type (Fortran only).
     Xr	     Yes       Yes	    Manual Page Cross Reference.

   General Text Domain Macros
     Name    Parsed    Callable	    Description
     %A	     Yes       No	    Reference author.
     %B	     Yes       Yes	    Reference book title.
     %C	     No	       No	    Reference place of publishing (city).
     %D	     No	       No	    Reference date.
     %J	     Yes       Yes	    Reference journal title.
     %N	     No	       No	    Reference issue number.
     %O	     No	       No	    Reference optional information.
     %P	     No	       No	    Reference page number(s).
     %R	     No	       No	    Reference report Name.
     %T	     Yes       Yes	    Reference article title.
     %V	     No	       No	    Reference volume.
     Ac	     Yes       Yes	    Angle close quote.
     Ao	     Yes       Yes	    Angle open quote.
     Aq	     Yes       Yes	    Angle quote.
     At	     No	       No	    AT&T UNIX
     Bc	     Yes       Yes	    Bracket close quote.
     Bf	     No	       No	    Begin font mode.
     Bo	     Yes       Yes	    Bracket open quote.
     Bq	     Yes       Yes	    Bracket quote.
     Bx	     Yes       Yes	    BSD.
     Db	     No	       No	    Debug (default is "off")
     Dc	     Yes       Yes	    Double close quote.
     Do	     Yes       Yes	    Double open quote.
     Dq	     Yes       Yes	    Double quote.
     Ec	     Yes       Yes	    Enclose string close quote.
     Ef	     No	       No	    End font mode.
     Em	     Yes       Yes	    Emphasis (traditional English).
     Eo	     Yes       Yes	    Enclose string open quote.
     No	     Yes       Yes	    Normal text (no-op).
     Ns	     Yes       Yes	    No space.
     Pc	     Yes       Yes	    Parenthesis close quote.
     Pf	     Yes       No	    Prefix string.
     Po	     Yes       Yes	    Parenthesis open quote.
     Pq	     Yes       Yes	    Parentheses quote.
     Qc	     Yes       Yes	    Strait Double close quote.
     Ql	     Yes       Yes	    Quoted literal.
     Qo	     Yes       Yes	    Strait Double open quote.
     Qq	     Yes       Yes	    Strait Double quote.
     Re	     No	       No	    Reference start.
     Rs	     No	       No	    Reference start.
     Sc	     Yes       Yes	    Single close quote.
     So	     Yes       Yes	    Single open quote.
     Sq	     Yes       Yes	    Single quote.
     Sm	     No	       No	    Space mode (default is "on")
     Sx	     Yes       Yes	    Section Cross Reference.
     Sy	     Yes       Yes	    Symbolic (traditional English).
     Tn	     Yes       Yes	    Trade or type name (small Caps).
     Ux	     Yes       Yes	    UNIX
     Xc	     Yes       Yes	    Extend argument list close.
     Xo	     Yes       Yes	    Extend argument list close.

     Macro names ending in ‘q’ quote remaining items on the argument list.
     Macro names ending in ‘o’ begin a quote which may span more than one line
     of input and are close quoted with the matching macro name ending in ‘c’.
     Enclosure macros may be nested and are limited to eight arguments.

     Note: the extended argument list macros (‘.Xo’, ‘.Xc’) and the function
     enclosure macros (‘.Fo’, ‘.Fc’) are irregular.  The extended list macros
     are used when the number of macro arguments would exceed the troff limi‐
     tation of nine arguments.

     For site specific configuration of the macro package, see the file

     tmac.doc	       Manual and general text domain macros.
     tmac.doc-common   Common structural macros and definitions.
     tmac.doc-nroff    Site dependent nroff style file.
     tmac.doc-ditroff  Site dependent troff style file.
     tmac.doc-syms     Special defines (such as the standards macro).


BSD				 June 1, 1994				   BSD

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