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PC-Study - Fairware!!

Wash 'n Ware Software Products
Back-To-School Division
P. O. Box 91016-199
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

PC-Study is a program from Wash 'n Ware Software Products, Back-
To-School Division, copyright 1986, all rights reserved, which is
licensed to any user for non-commercial use. The program may be
freely distributed by any registered user to any other user
provided the entire diskette is copied and no files and no
programs may be modified.

Fairware is a concept of software distribution that allows free
distribution of programs and documentation and asks users to be
fair to an author by providing some small remuneration for
his/her work. This differs from the Shareware concept where
registered users are paid commissions for subsequently registered
copies. The fees that are requested by the Fairware distributor
are modest, and intended to cover the cost of maintaining records
about registered users, and to provide motivation for additional
development. If you use the software, then "BE FAIR" and pay the
registration fee, please.

IBM is the trademark of IBM Corporation. PC-Write is a trademark
of Quicksoft.



The PC-Study program provides the capability to utilize the
personal computer as a question and answer device, with the user
having the capability to easily develop the questions and
answers. The program randomly selects alternate choices and
presents the information in a multiple choice format.

The program records the number of correct answers to compute an
ongoing score and this score is displayed at the top of the
screen. If more than one question is incorrectly answered, the
program shuffles the alternative responses and re-asks only the
missed questions. In order to review the complete list of
questions, the user need only began again at the beginning of the
selection process (at the menu).

The registration fee for PC-Study is $10.00 until March 1, 1987
and $15.00 thereafter.

Program Use

The most common use of the program is to practice learning words
and definitions. However, there is no restriction to that
environment as the study material may be questions and answers,
or states and capitals, or the names of figures and formulas for
their area, etc. The program allows you to study a list of
entries. Each entry consists of a first part which is one line
long (i.e. the word), and a the second part which is two lines
long (i.e. the definition). Each list must be identified to the
PC-Study program so that the list may be placed in a 'directory'
of lists for studying. In fact, there are few restrictions.
They are:
1) There must be at least 6 entries (words, questions) in a

2) There may not be more than 80 characters in a list entry
(word, question).

3) There must be two lines of 80 characters in the second
part of the entry (definition, answer), with the second line
being blank if it is not needed.

4) There should not be more than about 22 lists in the study
'directory' or the choices to study will overflow a page.

5) There may not be more that 1000 entries in a single list.


Suppose that you have a list of words that you must learn the
definition of, say for your math class. This list of words can
each be defined with a couple of lines of definition. To make up
a study list, you only need to use a word processor or text
editor that will prepare a standard ASCII text file. A good

example is the EDLIN program that comes with PC-DOS/MS-DOS.
Another is the excellent Shareware program, PC_Write from
Quicksoft. Many others exist. Do be careful of standard word
processors, because some leave special characters in the file as
format indicators, etc. These characters will have a strange
effect on PC-Study.

Study List File Format

The study file simply needs to contain the word/question on one
line, followed by the two lines of definition/answer that apply,
one right after the other. That is:
definition line 1 for word 1
definition line 2 for word 1
definition line 1 for word 2
definition line 2 for word 2
definition line 1 for word 3
(a blank line)
definition line 1 for word 4
definition line 2 for word 4

Notice that each word and its definition, or each question and
its answer, take up three text lines. Text lines are terminated
in the file with a standard 'carriage return' and 'line feed'.
No other unusual characters are used or should appear. (Such
normal printable characters as the period, the comma, the
exclamation point, number and so on, may be freely used.)

Another example of a list, using questions and answers might be:
What is the capital of Texas?
(a blank line goes here)
What is the capita of Louisiana?
Baton Rouge
(a blank line goes here)
What is capital of the United States?
Washington, D. C.
(a blank line goes here)

Study Directory

Once the list is prepared, the list must be added to the 'study
directory'. This is simply another file which lists the various
subjects which may be studied and tells the program where the
lists are. The study directory is a file named 'study.dir' and
should reside in the directory where resides (which is
where you are running the program from, probably). You add a
list of words or questions to the list by selecting the add a
list function on the PC-Study menu.

Then, PC-Study will ask you for the phrase that you want to use
in describing the list, such as
'English Vocabulary Words, pp 19-33'.

Then, you will describe the complete path to the file
containing the words/questions and their definitions/answers. If

you are not using sub-directories, this will be easy. Be sure to
give the file's extension if you used one. Examples of this
might be:
list2 (assumes we are in the same directory as
the program was.)
for access to three different files.

Then you will tell the program whether you are giving words, or
questions, or things, or whatever you want to call the items you
have on the first line. Then you will tell the program what to
call the things on the next two lines, such as definitions,
answers, or whatever.

This completes the directory entry. The entry will be shown to
you, and if you do not like it, say 'N' that it is not okay. You
will then be allowed to recreate the entry. Once you have
created the entry, you must use your text processor to edit the
study.dir file to delete them. Each directory entry takes four
lines of text, so if you are deleting one, be sure that you
delete all four lines.

You can modify an existing directory entry with the 'Modify'
option on the menu. Each line of the directory entry will be
shown to you and you may retype it with any correction that you
want. If the text of a directory line is okay as is, simply
press the return (enter) key, and the line will be left intact.
To blank out a line, enter at least one blank before you press

Studying the list

Now you are ready to study your list. If you select the 'study'
option on your menu, you will be shown the directory of available
study topics and you may then choose one. If you don't want to
choose one, type 'q' to quit. (Don't type the quote marks, just
the letter to quit.)

When you have chosen a list to study, you will be allowed to
choose in which sequence you wish to have the list presented to
you. For example, you can see the words and select the matching
definition, or you can see the definitions and select the
matching word.

Finally, the program will present you with the list you have
chosen, in the order you have chosen, one element at a time, with
randomly chosen alternative answers. If you select the correct
alternative, you will go on to the next item in the list. If you
make an error, the correct choice will be highlighted, and you
will be given a few moments to study the correct answer. If you
tire of seeing the correct answer and want to go on to the next
list item, simply press the space bar. To select a response, you
only need to press the number of the response; you do not need to
press the 'enter' or 'carriage return' key.

When you have completed the items in the list, you will be shown
your final score. Then, if you made any errors, the erroneous
items will be reshown one at a time, with new alternative

answers, and you may continue to study the shorter list. When
you get them all right, the program will return to the study

To quit studying

If you want to quit studying a list, simply press the letter 'q'
to return directly to the study menu.

Program Installation

The program should work equally well on a black and white text
monitor, or on a graphic monitor. If you encounter trouble in
using your system, and you are a reqistered user, send the
specifications of your system to Wash 'n Ware Software Products
they will develop a version for you if they can. (If they
cannot, they will return your registration fee.)

The required files are the program file,, and the
directory file, study.dir. Example lists are provided on the
distribution diskette for your immediate practice in using the
program. Try using engvocab.wb and funny.stf. The first is a
legitimate word study list. The second is simply an example of
the variability of the use of PC-Study, and is meant to be funny.

Simply copy these files to a working diskette, or to your
hard disk, using a sub-diretory if you wish. After having made a
work-copy, please store your distribution diskette safely away
and work only on the copy.

To execute the program, make that diskette, disk, or sub-
directory your default directory and in response to the operating
system prompt type 'study' and press 'enter' or 'carriage
return'. Then follow the directions above. Add your own lists,
and delete the samples.

Note that the program does a warm boot on the primary disk when
the program terminates, so your primary disk, (either A: or the
hard drive) must have COMMAND.COM on it. COMMAND.COM is not
supplied by the PC-Study system.

In the event that you have a problem with your screen not
clearing correctly, you may need to run the installation batch
file supplied on the distribution diskette. Try PC-Study without
doing the INSTALL process first. Then, if you have a problem,
you may perform the following INSTALL process.

INSTALL Batch file in case of difficulty

Before you use PC-Study, it may need to be installed for your
particular computer, i.e. provided with information regarding
control characters required for certain functions. This
installation is easily perfomred using INSTALL (a .BAT file).

Now start the installation by inserting the work-copy in your A:
drive and making it the default drive by typing A: and pressing
the return or enter key. Then type INSTALL and press the return
key. Select System installation from the main menu. Depending
on your version of PC-Study, the installation proceeds as
described in the following two sections.

IBM PC Compatible Display Selection

If you use PC-Study without installation, the default screen set-
up will be used. You may want override this default if you have
two screens or a multimode screen by selecting another screen
mode from this menu:

Choose one of the following displays:

0) Default display mode
1) Monochrome display
2) Color display 80x25
3) Color display 40x25
4) b/w display 80x25
5) b/w display 80x25

Which display (enter no. or ^X to exit) !
IBM PC Screen Installation Menu

Each time PC-Study runs, the selected mode will be used, and you
will return to the default mode on exit.

Non-IBM Compatible Installation

A menu listing a mungber of popular terminals will appear,
inviting you to choose one by entering its number:

Choose one of the following terminals:

1) ADDS 20/25/30 15) Lear-Siegler ADM-31
2) ADDS 40/60 16) Liberty
3) ADDS Viewpoint-1A 17) Morrow MDT-20
4) ADM 3A 18) Otrona Attache
13) Kaypro II and 4 27) None of the above
14) Lear-Siegler ADM-20 28) Delete a definition

Which terminal? (Enter no. or ^X to exit):
Terminal Installation Menu

If your terminal is mentioned, just enter the corresponding
number, and the installation is complete. Before installation
is actually perfomred, you are asked the question:

Do you want to modify the definition before installation?

This allows you to modify one or more of the values being
installed as described in the following. If you do not want to
modify the terminal definition, just type N, and the installation
completes by asking you the operating frequency of your CPU (see
last item in this section).

If your terminal is not on the menu, however, you must define the
required values yourself. The values can most probably be found
in the manual supplied with your terminal.

Enter the number corresponding to None of the above and answer
the quesitona one by one as they appear on the screen.

In the following, each command you may install is described in
detail. Your terminal may not support all the commands that can
be installed. If so, just pass the command not needed by typing
RETURN in response to the prompt. If Delete line, Insert line,
or Erase to end of line is not installed, these functions will be
emulated in software, slowing screen performance somewhat.

Commands may be entered either simply by pressing the appropriate
keys or by entering the decimal or hexidecimal ASCII value of the
command. If a command requires the two characters 'ESCAPE' and
'=', may:

either Press first the ESC key, then the =. The entry will be
echoed with appropriate labels, i.e. =.
or Enter the decimal or hexidecimal values separated by
spaces. Hexidecimal values must be preceded by a dollar-
sign. Enter e.g. 27 61 or $1B 61 or $1B $3D which are
all equivalent.

The two methods cannot be mixed, i.e. once you have entered a
non-numeric character, the rest of that command must be defined
in that mode, and vise versa.

A hyphen entered as the very first character is used to delete a
command, and echoes the text "Nothing".

Terminal type:
Enter the name of the termanal you are about to install. When
you complete the installation, the values will be stored, and
the terminal name will appear on the initial list of termianls.
If you later need to re-install PC-Study for this terminal, you
can do that by choosing it from the list.

Send an initialization string to the terminal?

If you want to initialize your terminal when PC-Study starts (e.g.
to download commands to programmable function keys), you answer Y
for yes to this question. If not, just hit RETURN.

If you answer Y, you may enter up to 13 characters for this

Send a reset string to the terminal?
Here, you may define a string to be sent to the terminal when PC-
Study terminates. The description of the intiialization command
above applies here.

Cursor Lead-In is a special sequence of characters which tells
your terminal that the following characters are an address on the
screen on which the cursor should be placed.

When you define this command, you are asked the follwing
supplementary questions:

CURSOR POSITIONING COMMAND to send between line and column:
Some terminals need a command between the two numbers
defining the row and column cursor address.

CURSOR POSITIONING COMMAND to send after line and column:
Some terminals need a command after the two numbers defining
the row and column cursor address.

Column first?
Most terminal require the address on the format: first ROW,
then COLUMN. If this is the case on your terminal, answer
N. If you terminal wants COLUMN first, then ROW, then
answer Y.

OFFSET to add to LINE:
Enter the number to add to the LINE (ROW) address.

Enter the number to add to the COLUMN address.

Binary address?
Most terminals need the cursor address sent in binary form.
If that is true for your terminal, enter Y. If your
terminal expects the cursor address as ASCII digits, enter
N. If so, you are asked the supplementary question:

2 or 3 ASCII digits?
Enter the number of digits in the cursor address for
your terminal.

Enter the command that will clear the entire contents of your
screen, both foreground and background, if applicable.

Does CLEAR SCREEN also HOME cursor?
This is normally the case; if it is not so on your terminal,
enter N, and define the cursor HOME command.

DELETE LINE command:
Enter the command that deletes the entire line at the cursor

INSERT LINE command:
Enter the command that inserts a line at the cursor position.

Enter the command that erases the line at the cursor position
from the cursor poisiton through the right end of the line.

If your terminal supports different video intensities, then
define the command that initiates the dim video here. If this
command is defined, the following question is asked:

Define the command that sets the screen to show characters
in 'normal' video.

Number of rows (lines) on your screen:
Enter the number of horizontal lines on your screen.

Number of columns on your screen:
Enter the number of vertical column positions on your screen.

Delay after CURSOR ADDRESS (0-255 ms):
Delay after CLEAR, DELETE, and INSERT (0-255 ms):
Delay after ERASE TO END OF LINE and HIGHLIGHT On/Off (0-255 ms):
Enter the delay in milliseconds required after the functions
specified. Return means 0 (no delay).

Is this definition correct?
If you have made any errors in the definitions, enter N. You will
then return to the terminal selection menu. The installation data
you have just entered will be included in the installation data
file and appear on the terminal selection menu, but installation
will not be performed.

When you enter Y in response to this question, you are asked:

Operating frequency of your microprocessor in MHz (for delays):
As the delays specified earlier are depencing on the operating
frequency of your CPU, you must define this value.

The installation is finished, installation data is written to
PC-Study, and you return to the outer menu. New installation
data is also saved in the inmstallation data file and the new
terminal will appear on the terminal selection list when you run
INSTALL in the future.

All users are requested to fill out the form below and mail with
the registration fee ($10 before March 1, 1987, $15 thereafter)
Wash 'n Ware Software Products
Back-To-School Division
P. O. Box 91016-199 Date:___________
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Name: __________________________________________________



City:_________________________ State:______ Zip:_________

(optional) Phone: (______) _____-__________ _______________

Primary use for program:_____________________________________












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