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Tuesday February 17th, 2004, par Rich Hopkins


The four macros above are implemented via four simple keystrokes. It sometimes takes the word processor a few seconds to search a lengthy manuscript, but it does work and works well. After finished, the entire text now appears on the screen utilizing the very characters you have placed in your special MacMono font (rather than sloped roman for italic, and "manufactured" small caps. This file can be sent to a printer to provide hard copy for proofing and/or for monitoring the progress of the Composition Caster later on. Since my Monotype equipment does not utilize any "exotic" things such as line centering (initiated via special keyboard codes and special attachments on the caster), the work of centering also must be accomplished within the manuscript manually. Again, this isdone with macros.

Flush right

This macro automatically inserts an 18-unit em plus a justifying space at the beginning of a text line and returns to the left margin so that a second, third or fourth call of the same code insertion can be done by simply calling the maro multiple times. One moves the cursor to the beginning of a "flush right" line and repeatedly calls the macro until the text has been shoved to the right margin by the inserted fixed and variable spaces.

Centering

A similar macro to flush right, but this time, an em quad and a justifying space are addded to both the left and right ends of the line. The macro is repeated until the line nears being full. One need not be too precise here because there will be several justifying spaces in the line to make up whatever space is remaining in the line.

Flush left

Monroe’s program is written to automatically fill any line which is short of measure. In this way, all lines will be filled and come out to full measure at the caster. But the program does not know that a nearly-full line is a paragraph ending and should be flush left, rather than justified to measure. For this reason, I also created a macro to put a justifying space plus an em-quad at the end of the line. Again, the macro can be repeated several times to fill the line to "nearly full." The justifying spaces will make up what little slack remains within the line. Unfortunately, there’s no way of utilizing tabs, but there’s nothing to stop you from using quads and fixed-unit spaces to left-align indented lines. Likewise, if you want hanging indents left, right, or both, you may use fixed-unit spaces to accomplish this just as at the Monotype Keyboard. Of course, here you may first employ computer indent codes, to be later replaced with quads or other fixed spaces as you desire.

The Finished Text File

By utilizing the various macros I have written, I am able to process the entire text file just as I would have done it at the Monotype Keyboard. A significant time savings is realized because there will be no "kill lines" for the caster to cycle through (as with a keyboarded ribbon). Likewise, all matters relevant to copyfitting, keyboarding errors, bad widows, overset, faulty hyphenation, loose lines, etc., all can be corrected before anything is cast at the Monotype. Spell check can be utilized too--if used before the macros are run.


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Dans la même rubrique :
The MacMono Interface
Physical Changes to the Caster
How MacMono Works
Overview of How Files Are Prepared
Technical Computer Details
Overview of the Composition Caster
Macro Substitutions
Getting A Bit More Technical



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