ABC Installation Guide

The installation guides for the various systems are shown below. They are also included with the ABC system.

Unix (DEC, AXP, HP)

Assuming that you have stored the binary file as unix.tar.Z, issue the following commands:
% uncompress unix.tar.Z
% tar -xvf unix.tar

This will produce an ABC directory with a number of subdirectories. Edit the Makefile and make the following changes:

Edit the file env/lesson.pub and change the directory paths to reflect your local situation. Note that the fields are tab separated.

Finally, issue the command

% make all

Running ABC

The X defaults for ABC are in the file abc_defaults. You may want to load them before you attempt to run ABC. The directory containing the executable for ABC needs to be in the PATH variable.

To run the lessons, assuming you are in the main abc directory:

Programmer mode: % abc/bin/abc
Learning to author: % abc/bin/abc -a author
Learning to golf: % abc/bin/abc -a golf

Macintosh

The basic ABC system requires about 2.1MB of disk storage.

Programming Instructions

Create a development folder and copy the ABC script ABC:env:program to your development folder. Double-click on this script and the ABC programmer window will be displayed. Note that you can create other scripts from within ABC by selecting the Options/Startup... menu item on the main ABC menu. See the programmer documentation for more details.

When you exit the program and choose to save your changes, these changes will be stored in the file abc.chk. Do not delete this file or you will lose your work.

You can also make an alias of the ABC script and put it in your Apple Menu Items folder in the system folder. You can then access ABC directly from the menu.

Authoring Instructions

Create a development folder and copy the ABC script ABC:env:author to your development folder. Double-click on this script and the ABC author window will appear.

When you exit the program and choose to save your changes, these changes will be stored in the file abc.chk and the previous abc.chk file (if any) will be copied to abc.oldchk. Do not delete these files unless you want to start over.

Quicktime

ABC supports Quicktime movies. The Quicktime extension is available on the network.

MSDOS

Minimum Requirements

Installation Instructions

Starting a Session

Create a development directory such as c:\abc\test and copy either author.abc or program.abc into that directory. Double-click on the abc script to begin. In a few moments you should see the main window of ABC.


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