Suggestion Box

Voice Card  -  Volume 6  -  John Card Number 1  -  Tue, May 16, 1989 2:15 AM

This is ONE OF 3 responses to Vol 5 John 1 ("Suggestion Box")...

Due to the various distractions of the last month, my improvements for issue 6 have been more modest than usual. Perhaps this is just as well: it will give us all a chance to catch our breath. Even so, there are still three or four small but important modifications:

  • Last issue, Robert asked that I remove the automatic scrollback from the index card and I complied. This issue, Larry asked if I could do the same thing for ALL voice cards and once again I have complied. From now on, voice cards will no longer scroll to the top whenever they are opened. I will, however, be sure all cards start from the top when I ship out a new issue. (If any of you prefer the old system, send a card and we'll take a vote or something.)

  • Paul, who has a talent for finding archipelago bugs, noticed that on one occasion the histogram on his index card failed to update properly. It turns out that this problem only occurs when moving to the index while in Speed Reading Mode. The problem is now fixed and your histograms should now function correctly.
  • I have implemented a partial version of the P Print function. You can now print the TEXT of any voice card by typing P (See Vol 6 John 20)
  • I have added Printing, Finding, and Help Screen features to all voice cards stored in the transit stack. Thus, even from a newly created card, you will still be able to view the help screen (type ?), print the card (type P), or search through multiple voice volumes (type F). The features work just as they do from inside voice volumes.
By the way, if you wish to search through the transit stack from inside an existing voice volume, just specify the upcoming volume number. That is, if the most recent voice volume is volume 6, tell the FIND command to search through volume 7. HyperCard will then ask you where volume 7 is located; just double click on "My Contributions" in the list of available stacks. The FIND command will search through all cards in the transit stack (not just the voice cards).

Thanks to Paul, Tomás, Robert, and Larry for their suggestions and comments. Keep that feedback coming in!