Started by JohnElliott, 02:49, 15 December 20
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Quote from: JohnElliott on 02:49, 15 December 20This is something I've been trying to compile: Unicode mappings for the characters in SCRCHAR.JOY.Unfortunately, the only LocoScript manual I had to hand was for LocoScript 2 and didn't include some of the characters added later. So I've had to guess various of the characters from the shapes -- which, in the case of the combining accents, is tricky when the shapes look like flyspecks on the screen.You can see where I've got to so far at http://www.seasip.info/Unix/PSF/Amstrad/Scrchar/ -- suggestions for corrections or improvements are welcomed.
QuoteExtending the range of characters to include greek breathing marksSince v2.28, the LocoScript Character Set has included: Greek breathing marks as additional accents - both on their own and in combination with acute, grave, tilde and the greek circumflexa range of specialised Greek characters, including digamma, koppa, sampi, lunate sigma, stigma and the thousands mark, andd' and t'[...]New users and people upgrading from LocoScript 2.11 or earlier are automatically able to type these extra characters. But if you used LocoScript v2.12 - 2.27 at all, adding these characters requires special steps because of the way the Installation program is careful to preserve the keyboard and printer files from your current Start-up discs."
QuoteNew users and existing users who have opted to add the new characters should therefore ignore the key combinations given in versions of the LocoScript 2 User Guide or PCW9512 User Instructions dated before SEPT 90 and instead take the details from the following keyboard diagrams.
Quote from: JohnElliott on 00:56, 24 December 20Appendix III of the user guide would probably be the most helpful to me, if you've got the time to scan it.
Quote from: JohnElliott on 00:56, 24 December 20A detailed version history of LocoScript might be an interesting thing to compile. For something so ubiquitous in the PCW universe, it seems to have gained very little attention in recent years.
Quote from: JohnElliott on 00:56, 24 December 20(For example, in the notes you quote it's obvious that something significant happened to the internal structure between versions 2.11 and 2.12, but I've no idea what).
Quote from: JTN on 01:30, 24 December 20I've done a quick and dirty scan and slung it up here. (It probably won't stay there forever.)
Quote from: JTN on 18:20, 23 December 20Euro-Arabic LocoScript 2. Manual (but no software) at Frank Van Empel's site ("JUN 89").Curiously, this apparently required a keyboard dongle; not sure what for.(I'm sure I remember reading about this version in 8000/PCW Plus, but I can't find the issue now for more information.)
Quote from: JohnElliott on 22:09, 14 January 218000 Plus issue 37 maybe?
Quote from: JohnElliott on 22:09, 14 January 21That suggests the dongle is purely for copy protection.
Quote from: JohnElliott on 03:53, 16 January 21The 'Script' newsletters at archive.org provide some useful hints about LocoScript version history. [...]
Quote from: JohnElliott on 03:53, 16 January 21One correspondent wrote that they'd been using a CP/M startup file called M14CPM3 (rather than the normal J14CPM3). This wasn't produced by Locomotive, who hadn't heard of it but suspected it was "some hacked version" to support an SCA printer interface.
Quote from: JTN on 17:13, 16 January 21Getting a bit off-topic:I have a selection of disc images (all 180k) with different (English) LocoScript versions on them (I think I inherited some of these during a phase of hoovering up surplus PCWs). They are almost all working discs, so I'd have to scrub personal information before uploading them anywhere, but here is a summary from the point of view of EMS files -- if any one of them is particularly historically interesting, I could prioritise it.
QuoteFrom the on-disc manuals, it looks like the M14CPM3.EMS was probably shipped by SCA, but on one of my discs there are also what look like patches to vanilla EMS files: ems14pat.sub = "MLOAD A:M14CPM3.EMS=A:J14CPM3.EMS,EMS14" (with a short Intel HEX file EMS14.HEX), and there's an ems16pat.sub "for version 1.6 or 1.7", and a locopat.sub that apparently does something to the INSTALL.DRV of some version of LocoScript 2. It's not stated what the patches actually do. (I don't recall investigating this stuff at the time.) I think these are working discs (I'll check out the labels on the physical media), but they look fairly clean of personal info, so it probably wouldn't take too much effort to scrub them for upload if anyone is interested.
Quote from: JTN on 17:13, 16 January 21J203LOCO.EMS -- v2.03, © 1987 (has a distinctive capital "S" in screen font, which I think is original)
Quote from: JohnElliott on 03:53, 16 January 21That'll be worked around in the next releases of JOYCE / LibDsk, whenever they are. Postel's principle and all.
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