3.1269 Humanist's move; Library Master (125)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Thu, 5 Apr 90 22:52:58 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1269. Thursday, 5 Apr 1990.

(1) Date: 5 April 1990 (24 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Schedule for translation of Humanist

(2) From: Harry Hahne <HAHNE@UTOREPAS>
Subject: Library Master Publisher and New Features

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Date: 5 April 1990 (81 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Schedule for translation of Humanist

As most of you will already know, Humanist is moving from Toronto to
Brown University between Passover (10 April) and Easter Monday (16
April). The only day on which messages to Humanist are likely to get
summarily turned away is Easter Monday. Humanist will, however, fall
silent after its last transmission from Toronto on Thursday evening, 12

Please have patience with us during the period of translation. I must
again personally apologize to all those who have recently joined the
seminar, perhaps expecting their biographies to be promptly edited and
circulated. My colleagues at Brown have just been sent two very large
files with approximately the last 3 months' accumulation of biographies
in them -- untouched! Work of other kinds has overwhelmed me, so I have
been unable to do what I should.

Yours, Willard McCarty

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From: Harry Hahne <HAHNE@UTOREPAS>
Subject: Library Master Publisher and New Features

All orders for the LIBRARY MASTER bibliographic and textual database management
system should now be sent to the following address:

61 Lorraine Drive
Willowdale, Ontario M2N 2E3

(416) 730-1896

Questions, requests for demos and program support are still available on
BITNET at HAHNE@UTOREPAS. Orders should include a check payable to
"BALBOA SOFTWARE" (in U.S. or Canadian funds) or a university purchase
order. The price is still $179 U.S. ($199 Canadian), plus $10 shipping
($25 outside North America) and 8% provincial sales tax for Ontario
residents. Student and multiple copy discounts are available.

A revision of the program has been released which includes the several
enhancements, including:

1. Optional lexical sorting, which treats upper case, lower case and
accented characters the same.

2. Optional passwords, with different access levels for various users on
the same database. Some users can only read data, others can add and
edit records and others can modify the data structure.

3. Support for the HP LaserJet laser printer and Microsoft Word (Rich Text

4. New report formatting commands:

a. Field output in columns, with wrap around within the columns. This
allows producing tabular reports and filling in forms. A column may
contain a field, several fields (controlled by a Style Sheet), the
Record Type name, Record Number or a numerical counter. Any text
may be overlayed on the field data in the columns (for example to
draw lines separating field columns). The combination of continuous
text formatting (normally used for bibliographies) and column
formatting (an enhanced version of the report formatting system
found in programs like DBASE) gives LIBRARY MASTER unusual
flexibility in report formats.

b. Multiple Style Sheets in the same Format File. This has many uses,
such as putting multiple fields in a column, different groups of
fields in different columns, using Style Sheet features (such as
multiple entry, name and empty field control) for determining the
arrangement of different portions of the report, or comparing the
effect of bibliographic styles on the same records.

c. Numerical counters (e.g. to number references in a bibliography).

5. Substantially improved performance with databases of more than 10,000

Several important enhancements are currently under development. Some of the
more important ones which are planned for the next version include:

1. Bibliographies automatically created from references cited in a text

2. In text formatting of footnotes and references in a text file based on
the selected Style Sheet.

3. Ignore leading articles in searching titles.

4. Option to ignore case in searches.

5. Global search and replace of specified field contents in records
meeting desired specifications.

Any suggestions for improvements based on your review of the demo version of
the program are welcomed.


Harry Hahne