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TC(1)UNIX Programmer's Manual TC(1)


tc - photypesetter simulator


tc [ -t ] [ -sN ] [ -pL ] [ file ]


Tc interprets its input (standard input default) as device codes for a Graphic Systems phototypesetter (cat). The standard output of tc is intended for a Tektronix 4015 (a 4014 teminal with ASCII and APL character sets). The six- teen typesetter sizes are mapped into the 4014's four sizes; the entire TROFF character set is drawn using the 4014's character generator, using overstruck combinations where necessary. Typical usage:

troff -t file | tc

At the end of each page _t_c waits for a newline (empty line) from the keyboard before continuing on to the next page. In this wait state, the command e will suppress the screen erase before the next page; sN will cause the next N pages to be skipped; and !line will send line to the shell.

The command line options are:

-t Don't wait between pages; for directing output into a file.

-sN Skip the first N pages.

-pL Set page length to L. L may include the scale factors p (points), i (inches), c (centimeters), and P (picas); default is picas.

'-lw' Multiply the default aspect ratio, 1.5, of a displayed page by l/w.


troff(1), plot(1)


Font distinctions are lost. tc's character set is limited to ASCII in just one size. The aspect ratio option is unbelievable.