Mikro Assembler manual

From: Marko Mäkelä (Marko.Makela_at_HUT.FI)
Date: 2002-06-19 17:23:11

I've now put the Mikro Assembler manual to FUNET.  I decided to make
the formatting verbatim, reproducing all indentation, spacing,
spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.  I deleted the scanned pages
but left the cover page of the manual there.

I think that Mikro Assembler could serve as an example on how not to
design languages.  Sometimes, colour codes are numbered from 1
onwards, sometimes from 0.  The DELETE command doesn't work without
parameters; one should use NEW instead.  And so on.

It was also interesting to see that the line width of the manual
changed after two or three pages.  At first, I suspected that the text
had been justified by a computer program, as all "extra" space was
concentrated towards the right end of the lines, but this pattern
changed at the end of the manual.  Well, there has been some
development in publishing systems in the past 20 years.


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