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

NAME
     colcrt -- filter nroff output for CRT previewing

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

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

     The following options are available:

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

     -2      Cause 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 invisi-ble. invisible.
             ble.

ENVIRONMENT
     The LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the execution of colcrt as described in
     environ(7).

EXAMPLES
     A typical use of colcrt would be

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

DIAGNOSTICS
     The colcrt utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

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

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

     Can't 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.

     Characters that take up more than one column position may not be underlined correctly.

HISTORY
     The colcrt command appeared in 3.0BSD.

BSD                              July 31, 2004                             BSD

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