op.preface Command/Output Processor: Commands, preface Introductory/Access: Modifiers


Command op.preface Command/Output Processor: Commands
Applicable release versions: AP
Category Output Processor: Commands (183)
Description sets automatic preface formatting.

Heading text is centered at the top of the next page and begins a separate page numbering scheme.

If a ".preface" command has already been issued, the page numbers resume where the last ".preface" command ended.

Preface sections appear in the Table of Contents with Roman numeral page numbers. To set the page numbers in the Preface header/footer to Roman numerals, specify "r" in the ".footing" command.

Preface mode continues until an ".xpreface" command is encountered.

The ".pf" command is equivalent to the ".preface" command.
Syntax .preface text
.pf text
Related op.commands


Command preface Introductory/Access: Modifiers
Applicable release versions:
Category Access: Modifiers (8)
Description presents an overview of the Advanced Pick Reference Manual

How to Use This Book
REF is organized into two sections as described below:

Section 1: Overview
This section presents an overview of the Pick System. Included is an introduction to Pick and discussions on data management, the Terminal Control Language, the Update and Output processors, processing codes, and Pick/BASIC. This section is especially useful if you are new to Pick. Refer to the Table of Contents to help find a particular topic.

Section 2: REF
The body of REF presents a reference for all system commands, statements, verbs, functions, and terminology, and complements the on-line version of REF. Information about all versions of Pick (from R83 to Advanced Pick) is included in this section. Whether you are an experienced user or are new to Pick, use this section to reference information about a specific topic.
Information contained in this section is arranged in an encyclopedia-type format. Entries are ordered in ASCII order with the first entry being ! and the last entry being _. A partial ASCII table (from ! to _) is shown below. Use this table help find a particular entry:
Dec Key Dec Key Dec Key Dec Key

33 ! 49 1 65 A 81 Q
34 " 50 2 66 B 82 R
35 # 51 3 67 C 83 S
36 $ 52 4 68 D 84 T
37 % 53 5 69 E 85 U
38 & 54 6 70 F 86 V
39 ' 55 7 71 G 87 W
40 ( 56 8 72 H 88 X
41 ) 57 9 73 I 89 Y
42 * 58 : 74 J 90 Z
43 + 59 ; 75 K 91 [
44 , 60 < 76 L 92
45 - 61 = 77 M 93 ]
46 . 62 > 78 N 94 ^
47 / 63 ? 79 O 95 _
48 0 64 @ 80 P

Notation Conventions
The following notations are used throughout this book:
"text" Quoted text has special meaning. It is often another token (subject) defined in this book.
bold Words or characters in boldface are commands, file names, options, and other keywords recognized by the system. Within a command syntax, bold words are words that must be entered exactly as they appear.
italics Used within paragraph text, certain words are italicized for emphasis. Used within a command syntax, words in italics are parameters to be replaced by an actual value, name, word, or number.
{size} Used within a command syntax, parameters shown within braces are optional.
x{x...} The "ellipsis" (series of three dots) indicates that the information may be repeated one or more times.
x | y Used within a command syntax, parameters separated with a vertical bar are choices.
{x | y} Used within a command syntax, choices shown within braces are optional. One can be selected, but all are optional.
[x | y] Used within a command syntax, choices shown within brackets indicates that one of the elements is required, but not both.

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