Section: Environments, Tables, and Troff Macros (7)
Updated: 07 February 2013
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groff_me - troff macros for formatting papers  


groff -me [ options ] file ...
groff -m me [ options ] file ...  


This manual page describes the GNU version of the -me macros, which is part of the groff document formatting system. This version can be used with both GNU troff and Unix troff. This package of troff macro definitions provides a canned formatting facility for technical papers in various formats.

The macro requests are defined below. Many troff requests are unsafe in conjunction with this package, however, these requests may be used with impunity after the first .pp:

.bpbegin new page
.brbreak output line here
.sp ninsert n spacing lines
.ls n(line spacing) n=1 single, n=2 double space
.nano alignment of right margin
.ce n
.ul nunderline next n lines

Output of the pic, eqn, refer, and tbl preprocessors is acceptable as input.  


/usr/share/groff/1.21/tmac/me.tmac (a wrapper file for e.tmac)


groff(1), troff(1)
-me Reference Manual, Eric P. Allman
Writing Papers with Groff Using -me  


This list is incomplete; see The -me Reference Manual for interesting details.


.(c-yesBegin centered block
.(d-noBegin delayed text
.(f-noBegin footnote
.(l-yesBegin list
.(q-yesBegin major quote
.(x x-noBegin indexed item in index
.(z-noBegin floating keep
.)c-yesEnd centered block
.)d-yesEnd delayed text
.)f-yesEnd footnote
.)l-yesEnd list
.)q-yesEnd major quote
.)x-yesEnd index item
.)z-yesEnd floating keep
.++ m H-no Define paper section. m defines the part of the paper, and can be C (chapter), A (appendix), P (preliminary, e.g., abstract, table of contents, etc.), B (bibliography), RC (chapters renumbered from page one each chapter), or RA (appendix renumbered from page one).
.+c T-yes Begin chapter (or appendix, etc., as set by .++). T is the chapter title.
.1c1yesOne column format on a new page.
.2c1yesTwo column format.
.EN-yes Space after equation produced by eqn or neqn.
.EQ x y-yes Precede equation; break out and add space. Equation number is y. The optional argument x may be I to indent equation (default), L to left-adjust the equation, or C to center the equation.
.GE-yesEnd gremlin picture.
.GS-yesBegin gremlin picture.
.PE-yesEnd pic picture.
.PS-yesBegin pic picture.
.TE-yesEnd table.
.TH-yesEnd heading section of table.
.TS x-yes Begin table; if x is H table has repeated heading.
.b xnono Print x in boldface; if no argument switch to boldface.
.ba +n0yes Augments the base indent by n. This indent is used to set the indent on regular text (like paragraphs).
.bcnoyesBegin new column
.bi xnono Print x in bold italics (nofill only)
.bu-yesBegin bulleted paragraph
.bx xnonoPrint x in a box (nofill only).
.ef 'x'y'z'''''noSet even footer to x y z
.eh 'x'y'z'''''noSet even header to x y z
.fo 'x'y'z'''''noSet footer to x y z
.hx-noSuppress headers and footers on next page.
.he 'x'y'z'''''noSet header to x y z
.hl-yesDraw a horizontal line
.i xnono Italicize x; if x missing, italic text follows.
.ip x ynoyes Start indented paragraph, with hanging tag x. Indentation is y ens (default 5).
.lpyesyesStart left-blocked paragraph.
.np1yesStart numbered paragraph.
.of 'x'y'z'''''noSet odd footer to x y z
.oh 'x'y'z'''''noSet odd header to x y z
.pd-yesPrint delayed text.
.ppnoyes Begin paragraph. First line indented.
.ryesnoRoman text follows.
.re-noReset tabs to default values.
.sh n x-yes Section head follows, font automatically bold. n is level of section, x is title of section.
.sknono Leave the next page blank. Only one page is remembered ahead.
.sm x-no Set x in a smaller pointsize.
.sz +n10pno Augment the point size by n points.
.tpnoyesBegin title page.
.u x-no Underline argument (even in troff). (Nofill only).
.uh-yesLike .sh but unnumbered.
.xp x-noPrint index.