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BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:25 pm
by dv8
Here is a completely remastered PDF of the BBC Microcomputer System User Guide.

Two editions are included: the original guide from 1982 for the BBC Model A and B, and the updated version from 1984 that also covers the B+.

I know they have already been done before but they all seem to have various issues, so I wanted to create a definitive error free edition.
  • The look and layout of the original guides is preserved.
  • All errata corrections have been applied to the text.
  • Corrected all OCR errors, incorrect page number references and any factual errors found.
  • All diagrams redrawn in vectors.
  • Extensive use of hyperlinks - click on any 'see page', 'see chapter' or BASIC keyword text to jump straight to the relevant page.
Each guide also comes with a disc image containing all the listings. Enter the command *TYPE !INDEX to see the list of programs on the disc and which page number of the guide they correspond to.

BBC_User_Guide.pdf
Third revision (August 2019)
(1.5 MiB) Downloaded 81 times
BBC_User_Guide.ssd
(30 KiB) Downloaded 73 times
BBC_B+_User_Guide.pdf
Second revision (June 2019)
(2.12 MiB) Downloaded 111 times
BBC_B+_User_Guide.ssd
(29 KiB) Downloaded 64 times

Other remastered user guides in this series:

Advanced User Guide
New Advanced User Guide

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:57 pm
by DutchAcorn
Very impressive work! (again!) =D> =D>

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:12 pm
by danielj
Awesome work!

d.

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:19 pm
by lurkio
Flippin' 'eck!!!!

=D> =D> =D> =D>

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:17 pm
by leenew
Brilliant! =D>

Lee.

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:50 pm
by jgharston
Wonderful work. I've spotted a couple of typos (eg OSBYTE 2, X=3 should be X=2). I'll go through it in more detail when I get around to i.

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:10 pm
by jgharston
I notice the manual perpetuates the error with file access bits, which has propagated into a lot of other documentation, and even caused several people to write their own software incorrectly. So I'll post this here so it is in public.

The file access byte at XY+14 after calling OSFILE indicates whether the object *HAS* those access settings, ***NOT*** if those access settings are absent. That is:
b0: 'R' access present - user can read the file
b1: 'W' access present - user can write to the file
b2: 'E' access present - user can execute the file if 'R' absent
b3: 'L' access present - user cannot delete, overwrite or rename the file
b4: 'r' access present - public can read the file
b5: 'w' access present - public can write to the file
b6: 'e' access present - public can execute the file if 'e' absent
b7: implementation specific. Public can never delete or rename a file they do not own, so public L is always implicitly set.

The access byte setting for the standard "WR/wr" access setting is &33, ***NOT*** &00.

DFS implements a subset of this in that only b3 is ever returned.

See also the Wiki.

Re: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:53 am
by MartinB
Nice one Paul, these are excellent.... =D> 8)

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:48 pm
by Elminster
Ohh. Downloaded...... Well done.

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:03 pm
by rmbrowngr
Thanks! Nice job :D

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:11 pm
by dv8
Just posted an update to the BBC B User Guide. The new PDF is in the opening post

Changes since revision 1 (August 2017)
  • p181 (183) corrected treble and bass cleffs
  • p419 (421) Cancel VDU queue : OSBYTE &E0 (224) should be OSBYTE &DA (218)
  • p421 (423) *FX2,1 : added text 'and disables the keyboard'
  • p438 (440) Cancel VDU queue : OSBYTE &E0 (224) should be &DA (218)
  • p456 (458) corrected file attribute bit meanings
  • p511 (513) Cancel VDU queue : OSBYTE &E0 (224) should be OSBYTE &DA (218)
Changes since revision 2 (June 2019)
  • p77 (79) Cursor on/off : Re-ordered this section to make it clearer
  • p275 (277) INKEY key numbers : -103 should be , not '
  • p320 (322) PLOT numbers : added descriptions for 72-79 (horizontal filling) and 88-95 (horizontal blanking)

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:08 pm
by lurkio
dv8 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:11 pm
Just posted an update to the BBC B User Guide.
Many thanks! Much appreciated.

=D> =D> =D>

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:12 pm
by gob33
Some critics:
- The font size is generally too big and produces line breaks in many listings
- The alternate margin for binding has disappeared, which was convenient for those wishing to have a paper version of the manuals.

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:05 pm
by pau1ie
gob33 wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:12 pm
The font size is generally too big
I think the idea is to reproduce the original which this does. For exmaple, page 111 has a number of listing lines which wrap, but the page is identical to the original. These books are clearly a labour of love, and the results are excellent.

Re: BBC Micro User Guide (Remastered)

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:20 pm
by rmbrowngr
Just download them. Fantastic piece of work. =D>