8-Bit Software Online Conversion

8-bit Software (c) Duncan Webster April 1992 Issue 19 (c) April 3rd 1992 CONVERTING VIEW to ASCII (user guide) The program is loaded by typing '*VIEWASC' when an instruction header is displayed and a prompt given for the name of the file to be loaded for conversion. The filename may include drive number/directory in the usual way. On the Master series, temporary filing system instructions are supported. On completion of editing a prompt is given for the filename of the output file. If it is necessary at this stage to input star filing system commands, this may be done, as if the 'filename' string starts with '*' the string is passed to the Command Line Interpreter, following which another prompt is given for the filename (or another star command). To encourage good computing practice, a prompt is also given for a backup copy. The program removes all soft spaces, tabs, highlights, headers, footers and rulers. It removes all stored (edit) commands with any following bytes up to and including the next carriage return, except that text following a 'CE' command is printed as ordinary text. Error messages on loading or saving are the normal filing system error messages, with the addition of error 129 - "File too long", produced if the View file would be too long to load without corrupting the program. The maximum length handled is of the order of 22K, so this should not in practice be a problem. After a <BREAK>, or after an error on saving,&c., key f2 will save the file currently in memory, which starts 2 bytes above OSHWM, and should therefore be preserved after a <BREAK>. Alternatively, the program as a whole may be restarted by pressing key f0. After an error on loading, or if it is desired to load and process another file, the program may be re-entered at the appropriate point with key f1. The program requires that BASIC be the current language. Dr H. Clarke.