Alto User’s Handbook

Published by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center | | 1 edition

See the related file for the 1979 edition

Related File

This handbook contains documentation for all the standard Alto services intended for use by non-programmers. It is divided into six sections:

  • The Alto Non-programmers Guide, which has most of the general information a non-programmer needs.
  • The Bravo manual, which tells you how to deal with documents containing text on the Alto.
  • The Markup and Draw manuals, which tell you how to add illustrations to documents. Section 10 of the Non-programmers Guide is an overview on illustrations.
  • Finally, two reference manuals, one for the DDS filing service, and one for the FTP service which transports files between machines. These manuals supplement the introductory information on these two services in the Non-programmers Guide.

If you are new to the Alto, start at the beginning of the Non-programmer’s Guide. Read the first four sections there, and then the first two sections of the Bravo manual. After that, you should be able to find what you need by looking at the tables of contents, and browsing through the rest of the material. If you have trouble, don’t hesitate to ask an expert for help.