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Macro Translator, Version 2.1

Program and documentation are
Copyright (c) September 1988 by Randall D. Jones

Macro Translator (MT) was written to overcome WP5.0's inability to print
macro files. MT reads the macro file indicated on the command line and
writes a WP5.0 document file containing the image of the macro as it
would appear on WP5.0's internal macro editor screen.



The Input ---

MT expects to be directed to a WP5.0 macro file. When specifying the
macro file on the command line, the ".WPM" filename extension may be
omitted (example: "MACRO.WPM" will be dumped if "MACRO" is specified).
If you wish to translate a macro with other than the default extension,
include it when entering the filename; to force a blank extension,
include the dot (example: "MACRO.").

The input file named on the command line will be located using the
method WP5.0 uses. If the input filespec includes path information, the
specified directory is checked. If no path information is included in

the input filespec, the Keyboard/Macro directory specified in your Setup
is checked; if no Keyboard/Macro directory is listed, the "current"
directory is checked. If the input file is not found in whichever
directory is chosen using the above rules, the WP system directory is
checked for a file with the specified name.



The Output ---

MT creates a WP5.0 document. To use MT's output, name the file on
WP5.0's command line or Retrieve it. It is not an ASCII text file. No
printer-dependent information is included in the file.

The first line of the macro translation shows the macro's file name in
the form used to open the file, therefore it may include more path
information than you specify on the command line. The second line shows
the macro's "description" text, as entered when creating the macro or as
shown on the macro editor screen. The third line is blank. The text
showing the macro's contents, as shown on the WP5.0 internal macro
editor screen, begins on the fourth line of the translation.

If an append is requested ("-a" on the command line), MT will insert a
[HPg] before appending the translation from the new run. If a macro is
more than one page in length, WP5.0 will insert [SPg]'s where necessary;
MT does not attempt to do pagination other than between appended
translations.

MT uses "hard spaces" within macro elements to prevent WP5.0 from
wrapping the text in the middle of an element. Since this use of hard
spaces could cause very long continuous strings, MT inserts [ISRt]
codes in strings of macro elements to prevent WP5.0 from hacking lines
with [DSRt]'s.



The Tabs ---

Tabs are a problem. On an empty line in WP5.0's internal macro editor,
entering a tab will move the cursor from column one to column five, and
subsequent tabs move the cursor in three-column intervals, giving
settings of 1,5,8,11, etc.

An idiosyncrasy of the macro editor is that tabs move the cursor a
minimum of two columns. If the macro editor is waiting for the
character to place in column 7 and a tab is entered, word processors
have trained us to expect that the tab would occupy column 7 and that
the cursor would advance to the tab stop at column 8. Unfortunately, in
this example, the cursor would skip past column 8 and stop at column 11.

The document created by MT can be printed in any of the fonts supported
by any of the printers supported by WP5.0. That in itself precludes
MT's assigning tab stops due to differing font widths, but the "two-
column tab" effect compounds the problem. You will need to experiment
with this on your own.



The Syntax ---

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