COLCRT(1) BSD General Commands Manual COLCRT(1)

NAME colcrt - filter nroff output for CRT previewing

SYNOPSIS colcrt [-] [-2] [file ...]

DESCRIPTION Colcrt provides virtual half-line and reverse line feed sequences for terminals without such capability, and on which overstriking is destruc- tive. Half-line characters and underlining (changed to dashing -) are placed on new lines in between the normal output lines.

Available options:

- Suppress all underlining. This option is especially useful for previewing allboxed tables from tbl(1).

-2 Causes all half-lines to be printed, effectively double spacing the output. Normally, a minimal space output format is used which will suppress empty lines. The program never suppresses two consecutive empty lines, however. The -2 option is useful for sending output to the line printer when the output contains superscripts and subscripts which would otherwise be invisible.

EXAMPLES A typical use of colcrt would be

tbl exum2.n | nroff -ms | colcrt - | more

SEE ALSO nroff(1), troff(1), col(1), more(1), ul(1)

BUGS Should fold underlines onto blanks even with the - option so that a true underline character would show.

Cant back up more than 102 lines.

General overstriking is lost; as a special case | overstruck with - or underline becomes +.

Lines are trimmed to 132 characters.

Some provision should be made for processing superscripts and subscripts in documents which are already double-spaced.

HISTORY The colcrt command appeared in 3.0BSD.

AVAILABILITY The colcrt command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available from

3rd Berkeley Distribution June 30, 1993 3rd Berkeley Distribution