Anthony J. Bentley wrote on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 03:58:05AM -0600:
> japanese/groff is an ancient patchset on top of even more ancient
> groff (specifically groff-1.10, released in 1995).
Indeed, we are now almost at 1.22.4, and i regard anything older
than 1.22 as ancient and anything older than 1.17 as extremely
ancient. The technical and functional improvements in 1.17 were
so major that going back beyond that seems like a really bad idea.
> Nothing uses it anymore. So remove it as below (plus quirks of course).
Certainly no objection from me to removing it.
I can't think of a reason why anyone might still need it.
If people still have non-UTF-8 input files, they can be
converted before running modern groff. If people still require
non-UTF-8 nroff(1) output, they can use -Tutf8 and postprocess
with a character set converter. Multibyte character support
is likely to be better in modern groff than in such an old version.