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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Rich Grise, Jan 13, 2005.

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  1. Trobador

    Trobador Guest

    its not about "parts", its about ideas.
    so the "older" parts may not be available, but what good is a great new part
    if you don't have the skill.
     
  2. keith

    keith Guest

    If there is an obvious difference in the files, there are a ton of editors
    that are configurable for the source language. I sorta like MED, for
    which I've done some fairly nice VHDL macros. For $30 (IIRC) it's a very
    nice editor.
     
  3. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    Interesting. I'm no Pascal buff, but used Delphi for some time before
    they finally released the C++Builder platform derivative. What about it
    is negative? Has it warped in newer versions (or have they stopped
    updating it)? Or do you just dislike the VB-style objects?

    Borland always seemed to be a huge supporter of Pascal, placing it ahead
    of even C/C++ (as seen with Delphi's release well before C++Builder), so
    it seems unlikely that they would abandon this product, or Pascal.

    Richard
     
  4. mc

    mc Guest

    Actually, I think Pascal is a much better-designed language than C, except
    for lack of conciseness ("begin...end" instead of "{...}").

    The designer of Turbo Pascal, Anders Hejlsberg, also designed C# for
    Microsoft. That's a language with the syntax of C and the mindset of
    object-oriented Pascal.
     
  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I've seen copying machines in at least one library, where the glass goes
    literally to the edge, plus about an inch or two of glass down the side.
    So you only have to open the book 90 degrees to copy all the way to the
    spine.

    So, I'd say they know that there's some copying going on! ;-)

    Cheers!
    Rich
     
  6. mc

    mc Guest

    Indeed, Delphi is their flagship programming language product.
     
  7. mc

    mc Guest

    I think what they mean is copied for lending out by the local library or
    other redistribution.

    At least under US law, and I think most of the world is the same, you can
    copy anything for private study.
     
  8. Kryten

    Kryten Guest


    Does anyone make a scanner like that?

    And preferably one that scans both sides of the book at once.

    I find I get a big black bit where the spine is, and the words tend to bend
    nearby.

    Unless I press down pretty hard.


    And dang these scanners are slow.


    I'm sure there must be libraries around the world that have to archive old
    books etc.
     
  9. I like my skinny new Canon USB2.0 scanner (when not in use, sits on
    the desk almost vertically on a little stand), but it's flimsy enough
    that pushing down hard jams the carriage.
    If you can hack the binding off and use one with a document feeder...
    (but the library wouldn't like that).


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  10. Guest

    Not sure what your talking about, but to write apps real easy, try
    VisualBasic 6.0
     
  11. Ok, I'll see what I can do.

    My wife uses JAWS to read the screen for her. It bascially is supposed
    to see the information behind the display, and text to speech that
    information to her. The challenges are navigating around the display,
    and having the information there when she get there. I can't tell you
    the joys of getting some software package (linke Omnipage 10) and
    finding out the ONLY way to do major functions is to click on an image
    with a mouse. No menus for those functions, no links that you can tab
    to, you just have to 'feel' your way to it.

    Or just as bad, it pops up a dialog box containing vital information,
    and there is nothing there but an image, no text or title that can be
    read by her system, so she is just hosed.

    So, my real question concerning PB is does it have the links that would
    let her read it. I don't really expect you to know, it was more a
    rhetorical question. I am sure I would have to consult with the
    developers to find out for sure.
     
  12. Mark Jones

    Mark Jones Guest


    Hmm, speaking from limited windows API experience, it should be
    possible to make a program that "speaks" whatever the mouse is pointed
    at. Every part of a window, from its menus to buttons to images, have
    a Win32 GUI handle. A program like Greatis WinDowse
    (http://www.greatis.com/delphicb/windowse/) can show many details
    about any window. Using a similar idea to "label" buttons (possibly
    from a database?) of other programs seems very do-able.
     
  13. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    I just installed it and took a look around, but I didn't really like
    what I was looking at. I think VB is easier to use for the Windows GUI
    stuff and C is more flexible for the technical stuff. So it is two
    times 'no' for PB when it comes to writing apps under Windows.
     
  14. Guy Macon

    Guy Macon Guest

    I have worked with JAWS, and PowerBASIC Console Compiler is perfect
    for this. Everything about it is text-based and can be navigated
    with a leyboard - no mouse needed.

    As an aside, I encourage anyone who writes webpages or software
    to set up a computer as if a blind person was using it and then
    to test all functions with your monitor turned off. You will
    find the experience to be (*cough*) eye opening.
     
  15. Thanks Guy,
    That is exactly what I was needing to know! For her, everything since
    Wordperfect7 have been a step backward... :cool:
     
  16. C# is just slightly #er than Db, isn't it? :)

    Tom
     
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