Your Own Document Language
NAMEyodlmanpage - Yodl's `manpage' document type
The manpage document type was specifically implemented to write
Unix-style manual pages. Other Yodl document formats, such as article,
report and book are documented in the Yodl guide and in the
manpage for yodlmacros.
This manual page briefly describes the manpage document type of the
Yodl document language. This document type is specific enough that it
warrants a separate manpage.
Yodl mapage documents can be converted to
groff documents (using
html documents (using
yodl2html), or to plain
ascii text documents (using
manpage documents do not use the `standard' sectioning commands (e.g.,
sect() and subsect()), but have specific manpage...() macros.
You can however use (and are encouraged to..) other `normal' macros, such
as description(...) or itemization(...) for lists, or bf() for
boldface and em() for emphasis. As for fonts, the following is
Each manpage document in Yodl must be organized as follows:
- Use em(text) when text is a variable, or a
- Use bf(text) when text is literal, such as a command,
a filename, a directory.
- manpage(name) (section) (date) (package)
(source): This is the preamble of the document. It states whatever
the page describes, the section where it belongs, the release date,
the package that it belongs to, and the source of the package.
The section number should be (according to the Linux manpage on
man): 1 for commands, 2 for system calls, 3 for library calls, 4 for
special files, 5 for file formats, 6 for games, 7 for macro packages
and conventions, 8 for system management commands, and 9 for other
special subjects (e.g., kernel commands).
- manpagename(name) (short description): The name
is again whatever is described, the short description is what
e.g., the whatis database uses for descriptions.
- manpagesynopsis(): a very short `usage' information or
similar. Keep this section short, e.g., a line with all program
options is acceptable but without descriptions (these come later).
- manpagedescription(): the purpose of the program and such.
This is also the place to document the workings.
- manpageoptions(): This is the place to document e.g. the
flags that are stated in the manpagesynopsis(). This section is
optional, but when present, must appear at this place.
- manpagefiles(): relevant files are described in this section.
- manpageseealso(): this section lists related manual pages.
- manpagediagnostics(): Error conditions, error messages, etc..
- manpagebugs(): This is where known bugs are described. This
section is optional.
- manpageauthor(): stating the author and/or the maintainer.
- manpagesection(NAME): This macro starts a generic,
non-required section. E.g., you might want a
manpagesection(EXAMPLES) in your document. As a typographic
suggestion, use upper case for the NAME argument for consistency
Frank B. Brokken (firstname.lastname@example.org),