In every project, there are questions that appear reptitive in nature.
Over time, a list of the aforementioned questions and their answers is usually provided. Users are expected to read the manuals, documentation and the FAQ's before asking questions of people privately or by mailing list etc.
This will be a short, start-up list, but I am sure it will grow as the weeks and months pass.
1) Why was the manual released in RTF (Rich Text Format) ?
The manual was stored on Phil's Mac in a DTP program. RTF is quite common on all machines. It is used in all the major Amiga word processors. It enables the use of headers and footers, Font types and sizes, as well as the traditional bold, underline and italic styles.
It is basically a text file with some embedded commands and would be a suitable medium to produce a good manual.
Unfortunatley, it turned out that many WP's would import the text, but not the graphics, font type and size, headers and footers etc...a major problem...So was formed the JForth Documentation Project (JDP).
2) When will format xyz be available ?
It is expected that the basic conversions for a wide range of file types will be completed by the end of March. They should start being released around the 18th January 1999 at the rate of 2 per week.
3) What are Phil & Mike doing now ?
They are both working on other projects. They will undoubtedly, 'pop in' every now and again to check on their 'baby' :)
4) How I do xyz...
The manual is really excellent. There are plenty of tutorials and explanantions in it. Further, if you look at the code in the text editor, you will find many more answers.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE print it out and read through it. It will solve most of your problems !
Only then, post to the mailing list.
I seriously advise you to get a good 3 inch, 3 ring binder with at least 25, if not 30 dividers. It is a solid 373 plus pages !!!
This is likely to rise following March as the JDP moves from converting manuals to expanding them and adding more tutorials ( Volunteers needed ).
Please e-mail JForth-Admin if you can help or want more detail in the manual.