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Thanks, Dearie-- nice start! Re: [zigzag] Another reply Re: oooo...kay: commands to try

At 10:27 PM 6/21/98 +1000, you wrote:
>Ted Nelson wrote:
>> >I can't see bloody much in the demo so far. Do any
>> >of the commands work? Is there a version that's loaded with anything
>> >familiar?
>> All the commands currently work except
>> In the listing there are lots more.
>> Good commands to start playing with are
>>  #L-ins, R-ins, #L-Hop, #L-Break.
>> Put the left cursor on one of those and
>>  hit Enter, see what happens.
>Okay, since I just wrote one for OSMIC, here's Gossamer's Notes On
>Getting Started With Zigzag.
>1.  Install it.  
>   I'll assume you can manage this much :).
>2.  Start ZigZag
>   Start it with a new dataset.  If you haven't used it before, then
>   this happens automagically.  If you have, then delete (if you don't
>   want to keep it) or rename zigzag.data - a new one gets created.
>   (Note:  This is good to remember if you get stuck when you're
>   experimenting - you can always delete or move the zigzag.data and
>   start again!)
>3.  Cursors
>   First, find the cursors.  Yes, two of them.  They're the two
>   coloured cells in the middle of each half of the screen (or if you
>   have a mono monitor, they'll be in reverse-video).  The left cursor
>   is green and the right one is blue, but you probably can't see the
>   blue one just now.  Don't worry about that.
>   Note:  When you "move" the cursors they will -stay- in the middle
>   of the windows, and the cells will move around them.  
>   Try pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the right-hand
>   cursor around - it should pop into view as you move it.
>   Notice that you can see both cursors in both windows!  But it's the
>   one in the middle of each screen that's the "live" one, so to speak.
>   To move the left-hand cursor around, use the SFEC keys on your
>   keyboard, have a go at that too.
>4.  Note
>   Cells whose first character is "#" are action cells.  They can be
>   executed and things happen.  Usually, the bit after the # will tell
>   you what they do.  - If you press enter and nothing happens, it's
>   probably not implemented yet.
>5.  Cursors II
>   The left cursor is the "action" cursor and the right one is the
>   "data" cursor.  Any time you press enter, the cell under the left
>   cursor performs the action, and the cell under the right cursor
>   supplies the data (if any) needed.
>   Example:
>      Position the left cursor on the cell that shows "#R-ins" (stands
>      for insert-on-the-right), and the right cursor on the cell that
>      shows "Home".  Now, watch the right hand window as you press
>      enter - another cell pops up to the right of where the
>      right-hand cursor was.  
>   The new cell probably has "100" in it for the moment, but that's
>   just its cell number - you can edit it so anything is in there ...
>6.  Editing.  
>   Easy - just put the left cursor on the cell that says "#Edit", and
>   the right one on the cell you want to edit, and press enter.
>   When you exit the editor, you'll be back with the cell updated.
>   (Note:  Cells can only have text at the moment, but eventually ...
>   anything!)
>7.  Shortcuts!
>   All this find-the-action-cell can take a while when there are a lot
>   of them, so we have keyboard shortcuts for the most common actions.
>   Example:
>      Position the cursor on your new cell.  Press "insert" and then
>      the "up" arrow key.
>   You can find the list of all keystrokes in the ZigZag directory.
>8.  Concepts II
>   This is the hard bit.  Ask Ted :)
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