|★ LITTÉRATURE ★ ENGLISH ★ LOCOSCRIPT/LOCOMAIL/LOCOSPELL|8000PLUS) ★|
There must have been some doubt in the minds of the publishers as to whether the world really needed yet another book on How-To-LocoScript; anyway, here it is, covering both versions 1 and 2.
In fact the LocoScript manual, both version 1 and 2. are models of clarity compared with most software documentation. Few people can be expected to persevere with something both difficult and tedious.
Manual writers tend to want to show off the features of the software while users simply want to find out how to create, edit and save a file, this often means being confronted by several chapters of confusing instructions before finding out how to get the program up and running.
Since the rule is that 80% of users work with 20% of the features it makes more sense to start with the basics and work up to the level of complexity you need to do the job; this is the approach the book takes.
Most of the Teach Yourself LocoScript books published so far have tended to be rewrites of the manual taking a concise (and often opaque) piece of information from the original documentation and expanding it in more familiar language and with easier examples. The writers are academically inclined and their book has been designed as a course in LocoScript
The first quarter of the book is little more than a series of screen dumps showing the menus and how to invoke them, not until page 40 are you asked to do anything.
From then on you get a series of assignments broken down into tasks.
Each task is explained clearly and precisely beginning right at the beginning with Task 1 - Start up. 1 Plug into mains supply and press “Power" switch. 2 Holding the disc by labelled end, with side 1 to the left, insert it into the disk slot until it clicks into position. There follows a description of what should happen and a picture of the screen you see.
If you learn best with a structured approach, or have to teach LocoScript to other people, then this book is ideal. There are a total of 38 assignments and if you complete them all you'll be an expert in LocoScript.
The type is large and the information clearly laid out. the illustrations are clear and the book is ring bound to lie flat. At £7.95 it could be worth buying for just a few relevant assignents.