Documentation for the AscToRTF conversion utility

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The RTF versions of this document has, of course, been produced using AscToRTF itself, no post-processing has been done to the RTF produced. The file has been generated from a single source file and a few small configuration files. The HTML version of this documentation has been produced by the sister program AscToHTM

This document describes AscToRTF version 1.0, which will be available in March 2000.

  1 Introduction
1.1 AscToRTF's design objectives
1.1.1 Intelligent analysis.
1.1.2 Simple user input
1.2 Expected uses of AscToRTF
  2 Installation
2.1 VMS installation
2.2 Windows installation
2.2.1 InstallShield version
2.2.2 Simple .ZIP file version
2.2.3 Console application
  3 How AscToRTF works
3.1 The big assumption
3.2 The analysis pass
3.3 The collating pass
3.4 The output pass
  4 Running AscToRTF
4.1 Windows version
4.1.1 Launching the program Normal activation Execution from a command line Drag'n'Drop execution
4.1.2 Using the Windows Interface Doing a straightforward conversion The File menu The Conversion options menu The Settings menu The View menu The Language menu The Help menu
4.1.3 Program settings Documentation Diagnostics Drag and drop execution Results viewers Use of policy files
4.2 Console application version
4.2.1 Command line arguments
4.2.2 Command line qualifiers The /CONTENTS qualifier The /DEBUG and /LIST qualifiers The /LOG[=filespec] qualifier The /OUT=filespec qualifier The /POLICY qualifier The /SILENT qualifier The /SIMPLE qualifier
4.3 Getting the most from AscToRTF
4.3.1 Making your first attempt From the command line From Windows
4.3.2 Refining your results Using a policy file Using a link dictionary Using multiple policy files Use the pre-processor and in-line tags
4.3.3 Processing several files at once Using wildcards Using a steering command file
4.3.4 Generating log files
4.4 Other tips and tricks
4.4.1 General
4.4.2 Link dictionary
4.4.3 Contents List detection
4.4.4 Using "Send to" in Windows 95/NT
4.4.5 Tables
  5 RTF produced
5.1 Text layout
5.1.1 Indentation
5.1.2 Hanging paragraph indents
5.1.3 Bullets and lists Bullet chars Numbered bullets Alphabetic bullets Roman Numeral bullets
5.1.4 Centred text
5.1.5 Definitions Definition lines Definition paragraphs
5.2 Text formatting
5.2.1 Quoted lines
5.2.2 Emphasis
5.3 Added hyperlinks
5.3.1 Contents List lines
5.3.2 Cross-references
5.3.3 URLs
5.3.4 Usenet Newsgroups
5.3.5 E-mail addresses
5.3.6 User-specified keywords
5.4 Section headings
5.4.1 Numbered headings
5.4.2 Capitalised headings
5.4.3 Underlined headings
5.4.4 Numbered paragraphs
5.4.5 Mail and USENET headers
5.5 Pre-formatted text
5.5.1 Lines and form feeds
5.5.2 User defined pre-formatted text
5.5.3 Automatically detected pre-formatted text Tables Code samples Ascii art and diagrams Other formatted text
5.6 Added value markup
5.6.1 Document Title
5.6.2 Contents lists
5.7 The use of RTF stylesheets
  6 Using Document Policy files
6.1 An example conversion
6.2 Analysis policies
6.2.1 Overview ("look for") policies
6.2.2 General Layout policies
6.2.3 Bullet policies
6.2.4 Headings
6.2.5 Pre-formatted text
6.2.6 Contents List policies
6.3 Output policies
6.3.1 Added RTF details
6.3.2 Hyperlinks
6.3.3 File generation
6.3.4 Contents
6.3.5 Preprocessor policies
6.3.6 Text Styling
6.3.7 Table Generation
6.3.8 Link Dictionary
6.4 Saving and loading policy files
6.4.1 Overview
6.4.2 Generating policy files for your document Partial policy files Full policy files
6.4.3 Naming policy files
  7 Using the preprocessor
7.1 Marking up sections of text
7.1.1 User SECTIONS
7.1.3 CONTENT sections
7.1.4 CODE sections
7.1.5 DIAGRAM sections
7.1.6 PRE (pre-formatted text) sections
7.1.7 IGNORE sections
7.2 Commands that influence the document's properties header
7.2.1 The TITLE command
7.2.2 The DESCRIPTION command
7.2.3 The KEYWORDS command
7.3 One line pre-processor commands
7.3.1 The INCLUDE command
7.3.2 The CONTENTS_LIST command
7.3.3 The LINERULE command
7.4 The TOC command
7.5 The TABLE commands
7.6 The CHANGE_POLICY command
  8 Using in-line tags
8.1 Format of inline tags
8.2 Summary of in-line tags
8.2.1 BR
8.2.2 COLOUR <value>
8.2.4 FONT
8.2.5 GOTO
8.2.8 NB or SPACES
8.2.9 SUPER and SUB
8.2.10 TEXT
  9 Purchasing AscToRTF, and contacts on the web
9.1 Purchasing AscToRTF
9.1.1 Why should I purchase AscToRTF?
9.1.2 What happens if I don't register the shareware version of AscToRTF?
9.1.3 Can't I get something for nothing?
9.1.4 I'm convinced. How to I purchase AscToRTF?
9.2 Contacts on the Web
9.2.1 The home page
9.2.2 E-mail
9.2.3 Support
  10 Known problems
10.1 Bug reports
10.2 Features
10.3 Coming soon... or not.
  11 Change History
11.1 Version 1.00 (March 2000)

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