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I have three cartridges right here with original, unfaded labels and they are all one color. Eastern Front 1941, Atariwriter and Pacman. My others are all faded to some extent, enough to have a darker strip at the bottom.

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One question: Is the minimum RAM required 8K or 16K? With a GRAPHICS 8 screen plus DOS etc, I think it needs 16K, not 8K - but the box cover says 8K.

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yeah, that'll change to be 16k..but it'll need further runtime tweaking, as the data section isn't quite in the bottom 16K segment...but it'll get there.

 

-Thom

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Does it really work with the Touch Tablet?

 

UPDATE: I just saw the post that it does. Sweet!

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Meanwhile, I am working on the printed manual:

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The manual source is in DocBook 5.1 , and will be available shortly on github.

 

Right now, it's all about content. I will make a custom stylesheet to match the Atari manual styles, once I've done all the content work.

 

-Thom

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OK, So I have the first pass of the manual content done.

 

It's written in DocBook 5.1 format, which is an industry standard XML mark-up that is well geared precisely for things like software manuals.

 

The source XML material is here:

https://github.com/tschak909/platoterm64/blob/atari_cart/doc/PLATOTerm%20Cartridge%20Manual.xml

 

I have not started extending the stylesheet, but you can see a rough draft render of the output, here:

https://github.com/tschak909/platoterm64/blob/atari_cart/doc/PLATOTerm%20Cartridge%20Manual%20-%20content%20test.pdf

 

As you can see, very well structured, with lots of semantic content that can be hooked onto by XSLT stylesheets, to produce whatever layout is wanted.

 

I take this output and run it through xsltproc, like so:

$ xsltproc -o temp.fo /usr/share/xml/docbook/stylesheet/docbook-xsl/fo/docbook.xsl PLATOTerm\ Cartridge\ Manual.xml

This produces a FO (Formatting-Objects) file, which is an intermediate XML format that has lots of stylistic information in it derived from the XSLT stylesheet. This file can be turned into a PDF, like so:

$ fop temp.fo output.pdf

You then have the finished PDF file.

 

Why do this?

 

Because this way, I was able to concentrate on just getting the content done. I typed it all in, and only worried about the content and giving the content some meaning, chapters, sections, key presses, keyboard input, screen output, etc. and from this point, I do not have to touch the content much, if any, I can not only extend the stylesheet to mould the typeset output in any way I want, but it can be output to a wide variety of formats, such as PDF, EPUB, DOCX, HTML, etc, only needing to change the stylesheet as needed.

 

So what's next?

 

Lots of careful formatting, typesetting, and kerning to produce exactly the output I want.

 

What's still needed?

 

Probably better diagrams.. :) The goal is to make something very much circa 1982 ATARI manual :)

 

What are everybody's thoughts?

-Thom

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Ok, so, here's the next pass of the manual, Some XSLT styling applied, fonts matched and typeset, some pagination done, still a LOT of work to be done, but you can start to see how this will look at actual manual size (5in x 7in with 1/8" margin all sides),

 

You can view it online here:

https://github.com/tschak909/platoterm64/blob/atari_cart/doc/PLATOTerm%20Cartridge%20Manual%20-%20content%20test.pdf

 

And attached here: PLATOTerm Cartridge Manual - content test.pdf

 

What do you guys think?

-Thom

 

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LOVE it! Except, of course, that glaring omission of the XEGS (and, OK, the 800XLF) in your list of “compatible” systems. You know this thread is going to be flooded with irritating chatter from the three people who use the XEGS as their main unit. :)

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The manual is extremely impressive, and Mr Robot's cover art is excellent. There are some fantastically talented and creative people on this forum.

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Ok, so, here's the next pass of the manual, Some XSLT styling applied, fonts matched and typeset, some pagination done, still a LOT of work to be done, but you can start to see how this will look at actual manual size (5in x 7in with 1/8" margin all sides),

 

You can view it online here:

https://github.com/tschak909/platoterm64/blob/atari_cart/doc/PLATOTerm%20Cartridge%20Manual%20-%20content%20test.pdf

 

And attached here: attachicon.gifPLATOTerm Cartridge Manual - content test.pdf

 

What do you guys think?

-Thom

 

That looks amazing!

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Have improved it a bit, see attached.

 

PLATOTerm Cartridge Manual - content test.pdf

 

* Added ACCESS keys table

* Further typographical fixes

* first attempt to fix cover, still need to reformat and change some bits

 

I also need some replacements for the placeholder images

* ATARI 810/1050/whatever

* ATARI 850

* Diagram of Atari keyboard

* Diagram of atari, 850, wifi modem

 

Thoughts?

-Thom

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Looks good! I don't know when I'll have time to get pictures, but I'l try this week unless someone beats me to it.

 

There is a layout issue for numbered lists once the number hits two digits, there isn't any space after the period before the text starts.

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Yup margins fixed...now comes trying to do color correction. the initial output on my printer is very dark, and I need to see if anyone else's output is similar.

-Thom

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Ok, revised body, no cover matter. I need to figure out how to add that DIRECTLY to the document without needing to assemble it later by hand.

 

Can somebody do a test print on their printers to see the legibility and if the blue prints too dark? (my CLP-510 butchers the output)

 

-Thom

PLATOTerm Cartridge Manual - Body Test - 2019-01-07.pdf

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haaa ;)

 

Does the typesetting look okay? I will continue to try and paginate as best I can. As for new content, I think this will be all the content. I don't want to print a phone book, Albert would kill me.

 

-Thom

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