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03-03-2004: extension manual, producing margins

Wednesday March 3rd, 2004, par John Cornelisse


Producing margins

The ^mn command is used to produce a margin at the beginning at the next line before the translation of characters starts.

As example what with this command can be done the following text:

First 12 lines of an input-file:

^fd^02Louise, ^01a. v.^CR

^00--Beroep ?^m2^CR

^02Puf.^CR

^00--Boekdrukkersknecht.^m2,^CR

^02Louise, ^01a. v.^CR

^00--Gehuwd ?^CR

^02Puf.^CR

^00--Geweest.Ruim negen jaar.^m2^CR

^fd^02Louise, ^01a. v.^CR

^00--En kindren ?^m2^CR

^02Puf.^CR

^00--Zeven.^CR^EF

Next the output after casting:

LOUISE, a. v.

— Beroep ?

########PUF.

########--Boekdrukkersknecht.

#######################LOUISE, a. v.

#######################--Gehuwd ?

PUF .

— Geweest. Ruim negen jaar.

####################LOUISE, a. v.

####################--En kindren ?

PUF.

— Zeven.

The ^mn command can appear at any point in the line. At the end of a complete line, it will produce a number of empty lines.

The following input line gives an example of this:

Line-width = 24 Pica:

Input:

^fd_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ^m4CR,LF

The 48 underscores will be cast at a width of 6 point Pica, producing a line of precise 24 Pica.

The ^m4 command will cause an extra 4 lines, before the program resumes input.

The first line will consist of 48 half-pica?s, the 4 next lines will by no means be like that. These lines will be cast alternating

The same command can be used to produce enough space to place a initial capital for example at the beginning of a chapter.

Input

^fd_ _ _^m3 (rest of the text of the line)

Three lines will be cast with the same margin. The initial can later be inserted, or printed later in another color.

The program will calculate the width of the marging at that point, and the next 3 lines will start with the same amount of low spaces.

A likewise result can be obtained with the next input:

####^m3

Here the margin will be 4 times 18 units of the set of the character wide.

The use of microsoft-programs

I cannot recommend the use of Microsoft-Word to prepare the input-files before compilation. The best editors available are those editors used for real-compilers, or the plain and obsolete declared program EDIT, running in the good old MS-dos.

Word will try to add lots of unwanted code, and a simple line of 24 under-scores will be translated in a solid line. I cannot tell you any method, how to remove such a line from the file.

DO NOT USE MS-WORD, besides MS-DOS and EDIT, I do not recommend any Microsoft program.

The editor of this site, is another example of a rather unfriendly program, when you insert text, the appearance how it will show in the end, is by all means not clear.

To get it right, takes a number of times trial and error.


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