The man provides the hilighting of UNIX manual pages, generally acquired through the
man(3) command, via a pipe. man references within the displayed manual page may be accessed using the mouse in a hypertext fashion.
The hilighting commands recognize the manual page bold and underline character sequences and transpose these into the appropriate character hilighting. The hilighting sequences are generally unpleasant because they also remove the characters for display.
The multitude of different platforms causes problems as different vendors produce different character sequences for bold/italic text, hence on some platforms it may be necessary to add additional hilighting rules to cater for any local variations.
Selecting a link node within the manual page using the mouse (i.e. a reference to another manual page) then MicroEmacs '06 attempts to find the manual page in the text and invokes
man(3) to render the page. This provides a crude hyper text mechanism simply using the manual page information itself.
man-clean(3) command can be used to remove all of the hilighting characters from the current manual page. This is the typical method of reducing a manual page to plain text.
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