Marked Cards

Voice Card  -  Volume 4  -  John Card Number 28  -  Sat, Feb 4, 1989 4:51 AM

Many of you have already begun to make references to one voice card from inside another (See Vol 4 John 22). This is a useful, even a vital procedure, but it is annoying for the writer because he has to go back and look up the number of the referenced card, and annoying for the reader because he can't hop directly to that card.

Until now, that is! It is now possible to "mark" a card and then insert a reference to that card at the tap of a key. And by using the powerful new FIND command (See Vol 4 John 22), readers can instantly jump to the card by double clicking and typing F (for FIND). Both writers and readers can also use the FIND command to quickly return to a marked card. Thus marking a card is like inserting a bookmark; the marked card is easy to find and easy to refer to.

Marking a card is easy. Simply travel to the card (even if it's inside the transit stack) and click on the card's masthead (the line that contains the card's number and creation date). The masthead will flash and emit a brief tone. The card is then marked. You can only mark one card at a time.

If you wish to insert a reference to the marked card into the text of another card, travel to that card, click the mouse inside the text field at the point you want the reference to appear, and HIT THE TAB KEY. Whenever you hit the TAB key in a text field, a reference tag for the most recently marked card will be typed in automatically. A reference tag is simply a phrase of the form "Vol x Name y" in which option-spaces have been used in place of normal spaces so that the entire phrase will be selected whenever anyone double clicks on it.

When one of the other members reads your text, all he has to do is double click on the reference tag and type F to immediately FIND the card referred to. In older volumes the reader has only to click on the tag and the FIND command will be invoked automatically. (However, the feature is not available in volumes 0 to 2).

If at any point you wish to return to your marked card, simply type F. When the FIND dialog box appears, your marked card will appear as the default search pattern; simply hit return and the program will jump immediately to your card.