PerServ - Getting Started with Outline
Fig. 1 Outline menu and pull-down
Controls initially disabled
Fig. 2 Get started with save_file
Let's take as a task that we want to create a to-do (todo) list. So, we enter "todo.txt" as a file name and click save_file.
Full interface enabled
Fig. 3 Outline main 4 panel interface
We will skip the Active Scratchpad panel now because it will be coved in more detail below.
There are now two lines of controls. In line 1, you can save, open, or delete the todo.txt you just created. In line 2, you can name and save another file. Even if all you want is a single todo list, the ability to save the Active Scratchpad allows making backup.
When you are finished with a session, we urge you to save it. Oftentimes, it will remain in memory without saving. The Active Scratchpad is lost whenever the server reboots, something you can expect 1-2X per month minimum and maybe much more often on some servers.
Note that delete_file, does only that: it deletes the file but does not erase the Active Scratchpad. This is a safety measure. If you delete the file by mistake, you can save the Scratchpad as long as it is not overwritten to a new file. If you do mean to delete the file, the file is deleted without an extra confirmation step.
Editing in textbox
Fig. 4 Editing in textbox
Result of edit
Fig. 5 Result of edit in Active Scratchpad
Move block to right
Fig. 6 Result of moving block to right
We click the highlighted button to move right. Fig. 6 shows the result of this move right operation. Lines 3-6 are indented 4 spaces with respect to lines 1-2. Each click moves another 4 spaces.
The move left button next door on the left undoes the effect of move right and acts similarly.
Move block up 2 lines
Fig. 7 Result of moving block up
The number of spaces to move at any click is one of 20, 10, 5, 2, or 1. Numbers not in this list are reached by combining moves. For example, if we want to move 4 up, we can do this as 2-up-up for 3 taps. We can also do 5-up-1-dn for 4 taps.
If a move will exceed the number of lines available, the selected block will move as far as it can.
Compress (compactify) block
Fig. 8 Compressing a block of text
Select the range to collapse with the main heading as the first line. Then click the compress link. The result is as shown. The Ace Harware line is underlined to show there is additional material underneath.
The expand button does the reverse. You select what is expanded by using the two columns of radio buttons. In this case, select the two radio buttons on the same line as and just to the left of Ace Hardware.
Fig. 9 Post-compress detail