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.Dd $Mdocdate: August 20 2009 $
.Dt MDOC 7
.Os
.
.
.Sh NAME
.Nm mdoc
.Nd mdoc language reference
.
.
.Sh DESCRIPTION
The
.Nm mdoc
language is used to format
.Bx
.Ux
manuals.  In this reference document, we describe its syntax, structure,
and usage.  Our reference implementation is
.Xr mandoc 1 .
The
.Sx COMPATIBILITY
section describes compatibility with
.Xr groff 1 .
.
.Pp
An
.Nm
document follows simple rules:  lines beginning with the control
character
.Sq \.
are parsed for macros.  Other lines are interpreted within the scope of
prior macros:
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Sh Macro lines change control state.
Other lines are interpreted within the current state.
.Ed
.
.
.Sh LANGUAGE SYNTAX
.Nm
documents may contain only graphable 7-bit ASCII characters, the space
character, and, in certain circumstances, the tab character.  All
manuals must have
.Ux
line terminators.
.
.
.Ss Comments
Text following a
.Sq \e" ,
whether in a macro or free-form text line, is ignored to the end of
line.  A macro line with only a control character and comment escape,
.Sq \&.\e" ,
is also ignored.  Macro lines with only a control charater and optionally
whitespace are stripped from input.
.
.
.Ss Reserved Characters
Within a macro line, the following characters are reserved:
.Bl -tag -width Ds -offset indent -compact
.It \&.
.Pq period
.It \&,
.Pq comma
.It \&:
.Pq colon
.It \&;
.Pq semicolon
.It \&(
.Pq left-parenthesis
.It \&)
.Pq right-parenthesis
.It \&[
.Pq left-bracket
.It \&]
.Pq right-bracket
.It \&?
.Pq question
.It \&!
.Pq exclamation
.It \&|
.Pq vertical bar
.El
.
.Pp
Use of reserved characters is described in
.Sx MACRO SYNTAX .
For general use in macro lines, these characters must either be escaped
with a non-breaking space
.Pq Sq \e&
or, if applicable, an appropriate escape sequence used.
.
.
.Ss Special Characters
Special characters may occur in both macro and free-form lines.
Sequences begin with the escape character
.Sq \e
followed by either an open-parenthesis
.Sq \&(
for two-character sequences; an open-bracket
.Sq \&[
for n-character sequences (terminated at a close-bracket
.Sq \&] ) ;
or a single one-character sequence.  See
.Xr mandoc_char 7
for a complete list.  Examples include
.Sq \e(em
.Pq em-dash
and
.Sq \ee
.Pq back-slash .
.
.
.Ss Text Decoration
Terms may be text-decorated using the
.Sq \ef
escape followed by an indicator: B (bold), I, (italic), or P and R
(Roman, or reset).  This form is not recommended for 
.Nm ,
which encourages semantic, not presentation, annotation.
.
.
.Ss Predefined Strings
Historically, 
.Xr groff 1
also defined a set of package-specific 
.Dq predefined strings ,
which, like 
.Sx Special Characters ,
demark special output characters and strings by way of input codes.
Predefined strings are escaped with the slash-asterisk,
.Sq \e* :
single-character
.Sq \e*X ,
two-character
.Sq \e*(XX ,
and N-character
.Sq \e*[N] .
See
.Xr mandoc_char 7
for a complete list.  Examples include
.Sq \e*(Am
.Pq ampersand
and
.Sq \e*(Ba
.Pq vertical bar .
.
.
.Ss Whitespace
In non-literal free-form lines, consecutive blocks of whitespace are
pruned from input and added later in the output filter, if applicable:
.Bd -literal -offset indent
These     spaces   are    pruned       from    input.
\&.Bd \-literal
These         are              not.
\&.Ed
.Ed
.
.Pp
In macro lines, whitespace delimits arguments and is discarded.  If
arguments are quoted, whitespace within the quotes is retained.
.
.Pp
Blank lines are only permitted within literal contexts, as are lines
containing only whitespace.  Tab characters are only acceptable when
delimiting
.Sq \&Bl \-column
or when in a literal context.
.
.
.Ss Quotation
Macro arguments may be quoted with a double-quote to group
space-delimited terms or to retain blocks of whitespace.  A quoted
argument begins with a double-quote preceded by whitespace.  The next
double-quote not pair-wise adjacent to another double-quote terminates
the literal, regardless of surrounding whitespace.
.
.Pp
This produces tokens
.Sq a" ,
.Sq b c ,
.Sq de ,
and
.Sq fg" .
Note that any quoted term, be it argument or macro, is indiscriminately
considered literal text.  Thus, the following produces
.Sq \&Em a :
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Em "Em a"
.Ed
.
.Pp
In free-form mode, quotes are regarded as opaque text.
.
.
.Sh MANUAL STRUCTURE
Each
.Nm
document must begin with a document prologue, containing, in order,
.Sq \&Dd ,
.Sq \&Dt ,
and
.Sq \&Os ,
then the NAME section containing at least one
.Sq \&Nm
followed by
.Sq \&Nd :
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Dd $\&Mdocdate$
\&.Dt mdoc 7
\&.Os
\&.
\&.Sh NAME
\&.Nm foo
\&.Nd a description goes here
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 2 & 3 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh LIBRARY
\&.
\&.Sh SYNOPSIS
\&.Nm foo
\&.Op Fl options
\&.Ar
\&.
\&.Sh DESCRIPTION
The
\&.Nm
utility processes files ...
\&.\e\*q .Sh IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 1 & 8 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh EXIT STATUS
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 2, 3, & 9 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh RETURN VALUES
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 1, 6, 7, & 8 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh ENVIRONMENT
\&.\e\*q .Sh FILES
\&.\e\*q .Sh EXAMPLES
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 1, 4, 6, 7, & 8 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh DIAGNOSTICS
\&.\e\*q The next is for sections 2, 3, & 9 only.
\&.\e\*q .Sh ERRORS
\&.\e\*q .Sh SEE ALSO
\&.\e\*q .Xr foobar 1
\&.\e\*q .Sh STANDARDS
\&.\e\*q .Sh HISTORY
\&.\e\*q .Sh AUTHORS
\&.\e\*q .Sh CAVEATS
\&.\e\*q .Sh BUGS
\&.\e\*q .Sh SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
.Ed
.
.Pp
Subsequent SYNOPSIS and DESCRIPTION sections are strongly encouraged,
but non-compulsory.
.
.
.Sh MACRO SYNTAX
Macros are one to three three characters in length and begin with a
control character ,
.Sq \&. ,
at the beginning of the line.  An arbitrary amount of whitespace may
sit between the control character and the macro name.  Thus,
.Sq \&.Pp
and
.Sq \&.\ \ \ \&Pp
are equivalent.  Macro names are two or three characters in length.
.
.Pp
The syntax of a macro depends on its classification.  In this section,
.Sq \-arg
refers to macro arguments, which may be followed by zero or more
.Sq parm
parameters;
.Sq \&Yo
opens the scope of a macro; and if specified,
.Sq \&Yc
closes it out.
.
.Pp
The
.Em Callable
column indicates that the macro may be called subsequent to the initial
line-macro.  If a macro is not callable, then its invocation after the
initial line macro is interpreted as opaque text, such that
.Sq \&.Fl Sh
produces
.Sq Fl Sh .
.
.Pp
The
.Em Parsable
column indicates whether the macro may be followed by further
(ostensibly callable) macros.  If a macro is not parsable, subsequent
macro invocations on the line will be interpreted as opaque text.
.
.Pp
The
.Em Scope
column, if applicable, describes closure rules.
.
.
.Ss Block full-explicit
Multi-line scope closed by an explicit closing macro.  All macros
contains bodies; only
.Pq Sq \&Bf
contains a head.
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBparm...\(rB\(rB \(lBhead...\(rB
\(lBbody...\(rB
\&.Yc
.Ed
.
.Pp
.Bl -column -compact -offset indent "MacroX" "CallableX" "ParsableX" "closed by XXX"
.It Em Macro Ta Em Callable Ta Em Parsable Ta Em Scope
.It \&Bd     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Ed
.It \&Bf     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Ef
.It \&Bk     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Ek
.It \&Bl     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&El
.It \&Ed     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    opened by \&Bd
.It \&Ef     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    opened by \&Bf
.It \&Ek     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    opened by \&Bk
.It \&El     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    opened by \&Bl
.El
.
.
.Ss Block full-implicit
Multi-line scope closed by end-of-file or implicitly by another macro.
All macros have bodies; some
.Po
.Sq \&It \-bullet ,
.Sq \-hyphen ,
.Sq \-dash ,
.Sq \-enum ,
.Sq \-item
.Pc
don't have heads, while
.Sq \&It \-column
may have multiple heads.
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBparm...\(rB\(rB \(lBhead... \(lBTa head...\(rB\(rB
\(lBbody...\(rB
.Ed
.
.Pp
.Bl -column -compact -offset indent "MacroX" "CallableX" "ParsableX" "closed by XXXXXXXXXXX"
.It Em Macro Ta Em Callable Ta Em Parsable Ta Em Scope
.It \&It     Ta    \&No     Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&It, \&El
.It \&Nd     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Sh
.It \&Sh     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Sh
.It \&Ss     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Sh, \&Ss
.El
.
.
.Ss Block partial-explicit
Like block full-explicit, but also with single-line scope.  Each
has at least a body and, in limited circumstances, a head
.Pq So \&Fo Sc , So \&Eo Sc
and/or tail
.Pq So \&Ec Sc .
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBparm...\(rB\(rB \(lBhead...\(rB
\(lBbody...\(rB
\&.Yc \(lBtail...\(rB

\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBparm...\(rB\(rB \(lBhead...\(rB \
\(lBbody...\(rB \&Yc \(lBtail...\(rB
.Ed
.
.Pp
.Bl -column "MacroX" "CallableX" "ParsableX" "closed by XXXX" -compact -offset indent
.It Em Macro Ta Em Callable Ta Em Parsable Ta Em Scope
.It \&Ac     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Ao
.It \&Ao     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Ac
.It \&Bc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Bo
.It \&Bo     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Bc
.It \&Brc    Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Bro
.It \&Bro    Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Brc
.It \&Dc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Do
.It \&Do     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Dc
.It \&Ec     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Eo
.It \&Eo     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Ec
.It \&Fc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Fo
.It \&Fo     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Fc
.It \&Oc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Oo
.It \&Oo     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Oc
.It \&Pc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Po
.It \&Po     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Pc
.It \&Qc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Oo
.It \&Qo     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Oc
.It \&Re     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    opened by \&Rs
.It \&Rs     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    closed by \&Re
.It \&Sc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&So
.It \&So     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Sc
.It \&Xc     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    opened by \&Xo
.It \&Xo     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    closed by \&Xc
.El
.
.
.Ss Block partial-implicit
Like block full-implicit, but with single-line scope closed by
.Sx Reserved Characters
or end of line.
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBval...\(rB\(rB \(lBbody...\(rB \(lBres...\(rB
.Ed
.
.Pp
.Bl -column "MacroX" "CallableX" "ParsableX" -compact -offset indent
.It Em Macro Ta Em Callable Ta Em Parsable
.It \&Aq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Bq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Brq    Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&D1     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&Yes
.It \&Dl     Ta    \&No     Ta    Yes
.It \&Dq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Op     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Pq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Ql     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Qq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.It \&Sq     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes
.El
.
.
.Ss In-line
Closed by
.Sx Reserved Characters ,
end of line, fixed argument lengths, and/or subsequent macros.  In-line
macros have only text children.  If a number (or inequality) of
arguments is
.Pq n ,
then the macro accepts an arbitrary number of arguments.
.Bd -literal -offset indent
\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBval...\(rB\(rB \(lBargs...\(rB \(lbres...\(rb

\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBval...\(rB\(rB \(lBargs...\(rB Yc...

\&.Yo \(lB\-arg \(lBval...\(rB\(rB arg0 arg1 argN
.Ed
.
.Pp
.Bl -column "MacroX" "CallableX" "ParsableX" "Arguments" -compact -offset indent
.It Em Macro Ta Em Callable Ta Em Parsable Ta Em Arguments
.It \&%A     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%B     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%C     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%D     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%I     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%J     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%N     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%O     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%P     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%R     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%T     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&%V     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&Ad     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&An     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Ap     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    0
.It \&Ar     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&At     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    1
.It \&Bsx    Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Bt     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Bx     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Cd     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Cm     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Db     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    1
.It \&Dd     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&Dt     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Dv     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Dx     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Em     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&En     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Er     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Es     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Ev     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Ex     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Fa     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Fd     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    >0
.It \&Fl     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Fn     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Fr     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Ft     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Fx     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Hf     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Ic     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&In     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Lb     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    1
.It \&Li     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Lk     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Lp     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Ms     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Mt     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Nm     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&No     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    0
.It \&Ns     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    0
.It \&Nx     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Os     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Ot     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Ox     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Pa     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Pf     Ta    \&No     Ta    Yes      Ta    1
.It \&Pp     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Rv     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    n
.It \&Sm     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    1
.It \&St     Ta    \&No     Ta    Yes      Ta    1
.It \&Sx     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Sy     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Tn     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Ud     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&Ux     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Va     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    n
.It \&Vt     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0
.It \&Xr     Ta    Yes      Ta    Yes      Ta    >0, <3
.It \&br     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    0
.It \&sp     Ta    \&No     Ta    \&No     Ta    1
.El   
.
.
.Sh COMPATIBILITY
This section documents compatibility with other roff implementations, at
this time limited to
.Xr groff 1 .
The term
.Qq historic groff
refers to those versions before the
.Pa doc.tmac
file re-write
.Pq somewhere between 1.15 and 1.19 .
.
.Pp
.Bl -dash -compact
.It
The
.Sq \-split
or
.Sq \-nosplit
argument to 
.Sq \&An
applies to the whole document, not just to the current section as it
does in groff.
.It
In quoted literals, groff allowed pair-wise double-quotes to produce a
standalone double-quote in formatted output.  This idiosyncratic
behaviour is no longer applicable.
.It
The
.Sq \&sp
macro does not accept negative numbers.
.It
Blocks of whitespace are stripped from both macro and free-form text
lines (except when in literal mode), while groff would retain whitespace
in free-form text lines.
.It
Historic groff has many un-callable macros.  Most of these (excluding
some block-level macros) are now callable, conforming to the
non-historic groff version.
.It
The vertical bar
.Sq \(ba
made historic groff
.Qq go orbital
but is a proper delimiter in this implementation.
.It
.Sq \&It \-nested
is assumed for all lists (it wasn't in historic groff): any list may be
nested and
.Sq \-enum
lists will restart the sequence only for the sub-list.
.It
.Sq \&It \-column
syntax where column widths may be preceded by other arguments (instead
of proceeded) is not supported.
.It
The
.Sq \&At
macro only accepts a single parameter.
.It
Some manuals use
.Sq \&Li
incorrectly by following it with a reserved character and expecting the
delimiter to render.  This is not supported.
.It
In groff, the
.Sq \&Fo
macro only produces the first parameter.  This is no longer the case.
.El
.
.
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr mandoc 1 ,
.Xr mandoc_char 7
.
.
.Sh AUTHORS
The
.Nm
reference was written by
.An Kristaps Dzonsons Aq kristaps@kth.se .
.
.
.Sh CAVEATS
There are many ambiguous parts of mdoc.
.
.Pp
.Bl -dash -compact
.It
.Sq \&Fa
should be
.Sq \&Va
as function arguments are variables.
.It
.Sq \&Ft
should be
.Sq \&Vt
as function return types are still types.  Furthermore, the
.Sq \&Ft
should be removed and
.Sq \&Fo ,
which ostensibly follows it, should follow the same convention as
.Sq \&Va .
.It
.Sq \&Va
should formalise that only one or two arguments are acceptable: a
variable name and optional, preceding type.
.It
.Sq \&Fd
is ambiguous.  It's commonly used to indicate an include file in the
synopsis section.
.Sq \&In
should be used, instead.
.It
Only the
.Sq \-literal
argument to
.Sq \&Bd
makes sense.  The remaining ones should be removed.
.It
The
.Sq \&Xo
and
.Sq \&Xc
macros should be deprecated.
.It
The
.Sq \&Dt
macro lacks clarity.  It should be absolutely clear which title will
render when formatting the manual page.
.It
A
.Sq \&Lx
should be provided for Linux (\(`a la
.Sq \&Ox ,
.Sq \&Nx
etc.).
.It
There's no way to refer to references in
.Sq \&Rs/Re
blocks.
.It
The \-split and \-nosplit dictates via
.Sq \&An
are re-set when entering and leaving the AUTHORS section.
.El
.