comma after the numbers which are called for, the computer prints "Extra ignored", and inserts a line feed. For some reason, the computer does not consider these to be errors, and will not trap them with the "On Error Goto" command. This may wreck a carefully prepared table on the screen. The solution is to use INKEY$ routines which trap or reject the unwanted characters.

If you' are near the end or the beginning of a line and want to move the cursor to the other end of a line, move the cursor in the "wrong" direction and it will jump to the opposite side of the text. This is called "wrap around". It saves time.

When you are editing a line, the computer sometimes locks up. This occurs when you have pressed "I" for insert, have inserted some characters, and have backspaced to a point before the insert began. <Enter>, <F1>, <F2> and <Esc> are powerless and nothing can be typed in. Don't panic and reset the computer, thus losing all of your program. Instead, press <Control period> or CControl comma>. For some unknown reason, this unlocks the computer. Now, type A <Enter> to restore the line as it was before the lockup.

Quirks of Model II Scripsit Version 1.0a

<Ctrl L> is supposed to center a line which is followed by an <Enter>. If Mode O is on, <Ctrl L> usually moves thé line too far right because it centers the line between the outline tab and the right margin, instead of between the two margins. The solution is to press <Ctrl 0> before you type the line. This turns off the "outline tab" (Mode O), which indents a paragraph after each line feed. Then press <Ctrl L> to center the line, followed by <Ctrl 0> to reset your normal handling of indentations. If you forget to do this before you type the line, put the cursor on the line, press <Ctrl 0>, <Ctrl D>, P, and F. It is also a good idea to lock this recentered line with <Ctrl F>, P, and L. Otherwise, if you reformat during repagination, you will have to do all your recentering again. But, if you lock a line (or some larger block) which is single spaced and if you later want to change to double spacing, you will have to unlock the line first.

A similar problem sometimes occurs at the beginning of a page, when an indentation occurs which you don't want. The same solution is used except that it is not necessary to lock the paragraph.

The printer sometimes will feed several extra pages after having printed a page. After you have pressed <Ctrl U> followed by P to tell the computer that you want to print, specify a page length which is one line more than you used for pagination.

If you have a footnote which is to be used on only one page, you will need to follow it with a footer page which has one <Enter> on it. This will prevent your footnote from being printed repeatedly. The same procedure must be used for single headers.

If you have a footer or a header page and later add some material on a preceding page, repagination cannot be done properly. Scripsit looks at the extra material for the preceding page and decides that it should not be put on the footer page. Consequently, it creates a new, short page before the footer and renumbers all of the later pages. The easiest solution is to press <Ctrl D>, A or B (depending on where the cursor is), and M. This moves the short page into memory. Then, position the cursor at the start of the next page of text and press <Ctrl R> to recall the text from memory. Later, you will need to repaginate.

One of the nicer features of Scripsit is that it allows you to MOVE a portion of the text easily. However, you cannot MOVE text from one Scripsit diskette to another. To solve this problem you will need to put, on the same diskette, (1) the material into which you want to MOVE text, and (2) the material from which you want to take the text. Then, MOVE the text. Later, you can COPY the revised material onto another diskette, if you choose.

It is highly desirable to have Mode V set at all tinfies so that you can see where you have line feeds, tildes and tabs. Press <Ctrl V> to turn it on or off. Look at the lower right corner to see if it is on.

Occasionally you will have a line which lacks a tilde (wavy mark) at the end. This can be added by pressing <Ctrl 6>.

To get to TRSDOS, which is hidden on a Scripsit diskette, press CHold Enter> after the TIME query, during boot up. If you are in TRSDOS and want to get to Scripsit, enter STARTUP.

Unlike TRSDOS, it is not necessary, in Scripsit, for you to use the FORMAT command before you use BACKUP command.

If you haven't traded in version 1.0 of Scripsit for version 1.0a, you can count on having lots of problems with repagination. There is no charge for the exchange at your local Radio Shack store. Be prepared for a long wait, however, if they don't have it in stock. It pays to see if another nearby store does have it in stock.

Add the following note at the bottom of page 29 of the Scripsit instruction manual: "See TRS-80 Microcomputing News, February, 1981, page 3, for instructions on how to access ten different characters."

Quirks of Daisy Wheel Printer II

The manual says that when the printer stops because it has run out of ribbon, you cannot restart it, but must begin that page again. Not so, at least on my printer. You may, however, want to start the page again because the characters printed at the extreme end of a ribbon are sometimes very faint.

On some Daisy Wheel II printers, numbers are printed slightly higher than capital letters. This may not be noticeable unless capital letters and numbers appear next to each other. The Daisy Wheel has two concentric circles of characters with the numbers on one circle and the capital letters on the other. If the printer is misadjusted, characters from one circle may print at a different height than characters from the other circle.

Another typical misadjustment makes it difficult to insert the ribbon between the Daisy Wheel and the plastic paper guard. If the lower portion of some characters is not printing clearly, press the plastic guard toward the platen, to allow the ribbon to drop into place.

If you have a tractor and are using continuous form paper, it is a good idea to have a final header page with only a few <Enter> symbols on it. This gives you an automatic feed to the point where you can tear off your printout.

The Daisy Wheel II with tractor does not print superscripts evenly and does not return sharply after printing a subscript. In order to prevent the tractor and the friction feed from working against each other, the friction feed usually is loosened when the tractor is in use. The tractor pulls the paper well, but doesn't push it. If you are using super and subscripts, it is a good idea to print one page at a time. Then tighten the friction feed at the beginning of each page which has super and subscripts, but release it at the end of each such page.

Use double line spacing for super and subscripts. They don't work well with single spacing because they are printed a half space up or down. This causes them to overlap single spaced lines above or below.

On page 14 of the manual for the Daisy Wheel II, place an asterisk after each of the two 10's in the decimal column.

On this same page, insert a 12 after the first 10, and in the column headed "Function," write in "Top of Form. LPRINT CHR$(12)". In other words, to send the printer to the top of form at any time, type LPRINT ^lirvSpVlz) <Jiinter>.

Because Scripsit has no global means of spacing down from the top of form before printing, some people use a header page with the required number of ENTERs to space each page down. This is obviously better than placing the same number of ENTERs at the top of each of many pages. But an even easier way is to set the printer to the top of form and then turn the platen to space it down manually. The printer will then start each page the same distance down from the top of the form.

Miscellaneous Notes

The Modem should not be connected to an interruptable telephone line. Such lines make a sound which interrupts a conversation to let you know that someone is trying to call you. The Modem does not know how to handle this sound, so it may print garbage, or may disconnect you from the computer to which you are talking. You will need to get a "teenager's" telephone for your computer, or stop paying the telephone company for the interrupt service.

If you wear trifocal glasses, it is difficult to look at both the screen and the keyboard. A separate pair of "reading glasses" which has a prescription halfway between the two most powerful parts of your trifocals is a good solution.


In spite of all of the suggestions I have made, I am convinced that the Radio Shack Model II is the best ten thousand dollar word processor and computer on the market. Because it sells for much less than ten thousand dollars, it is a remarkable bargain. Indeed, it is a better word processor than several which sell in the fifteen thousand dollar range.

I have used my Model II heavily for six months, writing letters, articles, monographs and a book. Not a single repair has been needed on the computer or its accessories. At first, I was unhappy about the greater cost of programs, but now I see that you get what you pay for. Compare, for example, the relative sophistication of the Model I and II Scripsit,' Profile and Statistical Analysis.

I still have not learned all there is to know about the Model II, but I know that I'll never be satisfied to go back to a simpler computer. Neither will you. ■

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