This file is part of the TADS 2 Author’s Manual.
Copyright © 1987 - 2002 by Michael J. Roberts. All rights reserved.

The manual was converted to HTML by NK Guy, tela design.

The TADS Author’s Manual

Copyright © 1987 - 2002 by Michael J. Roberts.
All Rights Reserved.

This documentation is the copyrighted property of Michael J. Roberts, and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means without the express written consent of the author. The author makes no warranty of any kind with respect to this material, and disclaims all warranties, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.


This is the TADS Author's Manual. You may use and redistribute this software, free of charge, with the following restrictions:

  1. You must include this file and the copyright notice with all copies.
  2. You may not require or collect a fee for copies of this software, or any part of this software, that you give to other people.
  3. You may not include this software with any other software for which a fee is collected.
  4. You may not modify this software in any way, and each copy you make and distribute must be a full and complete copy of the software you originally received.
  5. Anyone to whom you give a copy of this software receives all of the same permissions that you did under this license.

You are permitted to create and distribute translations of this software into other layout languages or formats; any such translation shall be subject to the restrictions of this license as well. You may also make hardcopies of the documentation; hardcopies are also subject to these restrictions.

About this Conversion

This manual and the accompanying update files were converted to HTML and edited by NK Guy, tela design. Michael J. Roberts did not do this work, nor is he responsible for it. However, copyright over these files remains with Michael J. Roberts.

It is possible that the conversion process may have inadvertently introduced errors into the documentation. However these files are distributed without warranty of any kind, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. THE READER ASSUMES FULL RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR USE OF THESE FILES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS TELA DESIGN LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, RESULTING FROM USE OF THIS DOCUMENTATION.

For the oldest portions of the manual (version 2 files) I took the original TeX source files that Michael J. Roberts is now distributing and ran them through an automatic conversion utility - LaTeX2HTML 96.1 (Feb 5, 1996) by Nikos Drakos. Then followed a lengthy period of manual tidying up. The later Ami Pro format release notes were integrated by hand, as was the revised Book of the Parser documentation.

Quotation Marks

Finally, some people will notice that I use true typographer’s quotation marks (curly ones) rather than the ugly straight neutral ones. Unfortunately HTML does not define such quotation marks. You have to use the &#xxx; hack, which is supported by Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer at the very least. Hopefully most people have browsers which support this convention.

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