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Somewhere out there are a million PCW owners. Most of them are first-time users of computers, looking for some kind of guide to LocoScript to supplement the manual. This book is another of the training guides that are currently flooding the bookshops aimed at this vast market.

The aim of the book is to provide immediate hands-on learning in as uncomplicated a way as possible, The book consists of 27 tasks each one of which explores some aspect of LocoScript's various editing facilities, from the most mundane (like inserting and deleting characters) to the more advanced (filling a standard letter with variable material, for example).

The introduction reveals some of the more obscure key combinations that you will need to know about in order to get the best out of LocoScript {for example, pressing ALT and ENTER together acts as a Caps Lock for all ensuing letters, whilst holding down either SHIFT, ALT or EXTRA with another key will produce further hidden characters.)

Each task (or chapter) has what is termed an objective at the top of the page; then a series of instructions on how to achieve that end. You're then asked to type in some text which is usually to be found on the next page in a different typeface. Finally you're instructed to make various amendments to that typed-tn text using the facilities that that particular task is trying to get you to master.

Each of the 27 chapters works on exactly the same principle which does tend to get a little monotonous after a while. Still, tedium is one of the prices you pay for a foolproof guide. The text that you wilt be typing into your PCW with each chapter has certainly not been chosen for its ability to keep an audience s attention riveted. Whilst some contain more general and vaguely useful pointers about wordprocessing, the text in Task 3. which enlightens us on the equipment used in the postal section or mailroom of an organization, seems superfluous in the extreme.

The format for each task also stays the same throughout the book; the Text Creation paragraph can become slightly wearing after a while because youYe basically being told to do the same thing 27 times on every other page. The same can probably be said of the Memory Jogger paragraph which encourages you to remember and use facilities that have been covered in previous chapters.

The instructions in the guide are easy to follow, clear and precise. And even if the guide is at times a tittle repetitive, it s worthwhile bearing in mind that it will probably achieve exactly what it has set out to do, which is provide thorough and positive tuition in LocoScript II, And. what's more, at a pretty reasonable price.


★ PUBLISHER: Pitman Publishing
★ YEAR: 1986
★ AUTHORS: Anne Clark and Kath Butler
★ PRICE: £3.50

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