runoff.intro Introductory/Runoff: Commands


Command runoff.intro Introductory/Runoff: Commands
Applicable release versions: AP, R83
Category Runoff: Commands (93)
Description facilitates the preparation and maintenance of textual material such as memos, manuals, etc.

The "runoff" command invokes the output function of the "Runoff Processor". Text stored with embedded commands is formatted for output to a terminal or printer. See "commands, runoff".

Runoff source text contains commands which control justification, page headings and footings, numbering, spacing and capitalization.
Textual material prepared with Runoff may be easily edited and corrected with the "line editor" or "Update processor" and then reprinted with Runoff.

Runoff also provides the capability of combining separate textual material into a single report and inserting duplicate text into different reports.

Multiple input items are treated as a single source text file.

A source text item may contain a command which causes Runoff to "chain" to another file item. This makes it possible to "link" file items together without doing a "select" or "sselect".

Items included in "itemlist" may chain to other items within the same file. When the "chain" ends, processing continues with the next item from the "itemlist".

A source text item may also contain a command which causes Runoff to "read" a second file item and then resume processing of the first item. This makes it possible to insert the text from a single file item in the output from many other file items.

Runoff commands are stored along with the textual material in the source file, and each Runoff command must be preceded by a period.
Syntax runoff file.reference itemlist* {(options)}
Options * see "options: Runoff".
Related tcl.itemlist*