8-Bit Software Online Conversion

             By C.J.Richardson for 8 bit software                    This is a program which will convert an ASCII file written in EDIT or a file written with a teletext editor into a file which can be *RUN to read it, just as this help was produced. Text from word processors other than EDIT should be O.K. if there are no control codes in it other than those listed below. Control codes can be placed into the file to produce mode 7 effects. There are also facilities in the program to print out a file and to convert a file back to plain ASCII. There are just a couple of things to know before you attempt to run your text file through the program: Use Mode 7 when writing the text. This will ensure that the display will be ok. Do not insert any carriage return characters into the text as it will corrupt the display.         Either: Write a text file on your word processor, ensure that it has no return characters in it and that it looks ok in mode 7. Save it to disc. Or: Use a teletext editor to write a file. Then: Chain MO7DIS. You are presented with 4 options: 1. Convert a file to a display file 2. Print out a display file. 3. Convert a display file to ASCII. 4. Toggle ASCII or teletext file. If you choose option 1: The first prompt asks for the memory location you want the program to run from. The second prompt asks for the length of the text file you are going to load into memory. The answer to this is easy to work out as all you have to do is to look at the next to last number on the right of the screen. The file load and save options are displayed. The second figure from the right is the file length. Next, enter the name of the ASCII text file to be converted, then the name which the *RUN file will be saved under. When the drive stops just type * FILENAME use the up and down arrow keys to read the text. Press BREAK to end     Here is a list of what the control   codes in an EDIT file will do     CONTROL+ A - Z     A RED   B GREEN   C YELLOW   D BLUE   E MAGENTA   F CYAN   G WHITE   H FLASH   I STEADY   J DOUBLE HEIGHT   K CONTIGUOUS GRAPHICS    L NORMAL HEIGHT   M NOT AVAILABLE   N SEPARATED GRAPHICS    O NEW BACKGROUND   P HOLD GRAPHICS    Q GRAPHIC RED   R GRAPHIC GREEN    S GRAPHIC YELLOW    T GRAPHIC BLUE   U GRAPHIC MAGENTA   V GRAPHIC CYAN   W GRAPHIC WHITE   X   Y RELEASE GRAPHICS   Z BLACK BACKGROUND     Be careful when selecting where the code is to run from. If you select an area where the program you are using is situated, the program will inform you. Change PAGE and load MO7DIS in again. Occasionally, the finished file will be corrupted at the end. To cure this either change the length of the ASCII file slightly, or switch the computer off and on again before running the conversion program. One more point is not to touch any keys whilst the final code is being saved as if you do it will upset the saving. The file that you have saved will be automatically *RUN for you after saving. If you choose option 2: You can print out a display file with the control codes removed. If you choose option 3: You can strip all the control codes from a display file. If you choose option 4: You can toggle between converting an ASCII file and a teletext file.     