Word Processing with LocoscriptLittérature Anglais
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This book is a rather scruffy 60 page pamphlet, the sort of thing you might obtain if you spent a pound on a guide book in the shop at Cardiff Castle. On the back of the dust cover, if I might be so bold to describe it as such, the book declares itself as being the bestselling Clarity Guide to Word Processing on the Amstrad PCW' - a reasonable claim since this is the only Clarity Guide to word processing on the Amstrad PCW.

What exactly is a Clarity Guide? Well it's a very well indexed, rather terse text. It works like this; every aspect of LocoScript seems to be described and explained in short paragraphs. The more complex the subject the more words it gets. ‘Letters and Short Files' gets about 70 lines, but that's quite an involved topic you see. The first forty lines or so cover the use of templates and phrases -the paragraph is marked with an ‘a'. The second paragraph explains the order in which files are listed on the main screen. That paragraph is marked 'b'. Now if you look at the index for 'letters' you will find just one entry, ‘56a', telling you the page number and the paragraph reference. Every paragraph in the book has a reference.

The indexing and cross referencing in the work is extensive; look up ‘Header Zone' and you will be directed to 38a where a 12 line description explains the use. Partway into the description you are told to see 40a for information on writing text, which in turn routes you to 33e for instructions on pagination. You could spend a great deal of time just turning the pages.

But there is more to the guide than just being a manual - it claims to lay down a strategy for using LocoScript -and indeed it does offer some sound advice on organising.


★ PUBLISHER: Clarity Guides
★ YEAR: 19xx
★ AUTHOR: Tony Johnson
★ PRICE: £6.95

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.