Category : Databases and related files
Archive   : MAKEINFO.ZIP

Output of file : SAMPLEDB.TXT contained in archive : MAKEINFO.ZIP
;SAMPLEDB.TXT - an InfoPop supplemental database
; This is a sample file you can use to guide you in the
; creation of a supplemental database for InfoPop. While
; you may not update the existing INFOPOP.HLP file, you
; may create an auxillary database that can be called into
; the InfoPop (IP) search engine at any time by pressing F3.
; File must end with the TXT extension. MakeInfo will
; convert the file and give the resulting database a
; HLP extension. You may have no more than 175 cross-links
; for a given topic. See entry # 6 below for more information
; A few pointers
; <-- you may have comments in this file, just be sure
; you preceed any *comment* line with a semicolon in
; the first character position, as you see done here
; For each topic you add, you must assign a TOPIC NUMBER.
; If you don't want that topic to appear in the initial window
; (the main index), follow the !TOPIC # line with !NOINDEX.
; Also note that MAKEINFO directives must begin with a ! in
; the first character position of a line. The following sample
; entry shows what you need to know about creating an entry
;!TOPIC 15 My Favorite Internet Destination [a]
;!INDEX [b]
;My favorite destination is reached via TELNET 99.999.999 [c]
;It is the central database for the 20CIA [d]
;first, the sample lines have been labelled at right (a thru d).
;The important features of each line are described below.
;[a] Note the ! in the first position. This indicates to MAKEINFO
; that a compiler directive follows. In this particular case,
; it is a new topic (number 15). You should group your topics
; by number range (to ease subsequent re-editing), but be aware
; that leaving large gaps will have a negative impact on the
; size of your final *.HLP file. A large gap is 50 or more
; unused numbers. The number you assign to a topic is the
; number you use subsequently to cross-reference it (make a
; hyperlink. You can see a link made in line [d].
;[b] This directive '!INDEX' tells MakeInfo to put this topic
; on the opening menu of topics == what you get if you press
; HOME when Infopop is running. If you don't want the topic
; to appear in the main topic, put !NOINDEX. If you want
; to force a topic to be first in the listing (MAKEINFO
; defaults to an alphabetical listing of topics), put a
; number after the !INDEX (e.g., !INDEX 1 would make it
; first, !INDEX 5000 would make it last if you didn't have
; more than 5000 topics
;[c] This line would be the first line of text in the window
; associated with topic 15. Note the 's...this highlights
; the term (makes it appear bold). It doesn't establish a
; hyper link, it just provides a mechanism for bolding
; text. You create that symbol by holding down the ALT key
; as you press 2 on the keypad. Be sure to put the ALT-2
; mark at the start of bolding at at the end of the text
; string you want to appear in bold!
;[d] This line shows how you make a hyperlink. First press the
; ALT key, then the 4 on the keypad. That puts a  symbol
; in the text. Follow that with the number of the topic
; you want to reference. Follow the number with a  (ALT-5)
; then type the text you want to use to reference the
; linked topic (doesn't have to be the same as the text
; that follows the !TOPIC directive for the topic you're
; linking to), then follow that text with another  (ALT-5).
;Use these directives at the start of any supplemental file:

;!WIDTH = width of text in window. If your line goes over that,
; makeinfo will wrap it...unless of course you specify
; !NOWRAP. I recommend you do, that way you can format
; your text in the *.TXT file you use to create the
; *.HLP file and it will appear just as you type it.
; If you're going to draw a map or reproduce a screen
; you really need the !NOWRAP directive.
;!SCROLLING = means you allow the user to scroll the window to see
; text that won't fit in the window.
;What follows is a small sample file
!TOPIC 1 About this database
This is a sample file that shows how you can create your own InfoPop
supplemental database. Be sure to read the SAMPLE.TXT file that
was used to create this demo. It explains how you must write the

Note that you must use an 2ASCII editor to create a supplemental
file. Then you must run it through 3MakeInfo to create the
resulting *.HLP file that you can load into Infopop.
Not a word processor...A really nice ASCII editor is QEDIT. Others
that will work are BOXER, PC-WRITE, or perhaps even
WordPerfect (just as long as you remember to save the file as
an ASCII (DOS text) file (CTRL-F5)). To test a particular
editor, just press down the ALT key and type 179 on your
keypad. If you get a ³ symbol, then you're able to use the
editor to generate INFOPOP databases. No, the ³ isn't required
but it is a pretty fair will have to enter ALT-4
and ALT-5 to make the hyperlinking work...

!TOPIC 3 MakeInfo
Makeinfo is a utility that will turn your *.TXT file into a database
that 4InfoPop can read and use. The ASCII text file will be
converted to binary form and compressed.
; Note in this case, there is no !INDEX directive. Omitting !NOINDEX
; will force this entry into the main index, displaying it in
; alphabetical order
!TOPIC 4 InfoPop
InfoPop (from 5GMUtant Software) is the whole point of this. IP.EXE
(the program) is what you use as the hypertext search engine for
your helpfile.

!TOPIC 5 GMUtant Software

InfoPop and MakeInfo are not public domain. You may freely use,
fcopy and distribute the InfoPop package, provided that you
distribute all files contained in the archive. Any distribution
of InfoPop must include: IP.EXE, INFOPOP.HLP, IP.DOC, MAKEINFO.EXE and

You may create your own databases, compile them with MakeInfo
and distribute them if you wish.

Author: Clyde W. Grotophorst
email: [email protected]

; NOTE that you may have no more than 175 cross-references per
; topic. Thus, if you had more than 175 topics you would have
; to break your index up so that no one topic (in this case, the
; index), would be linked to more than 175 other topics or
; have more than 175 topics linked to it
!TOPIC 6 Index

Here are the topics covered in this database.

1About Sampledb
5GMUtant Software

  3 Responses to “Category : Databases and related files
Archive   : MAKEINFO.ZIP

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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