Table of Contents
What is MKBL and MKC?
How can I get hold of MKC?
What do I do if I discover a bug?
Pray to whichever god you prefer, and then consider e-mailing Kaj.
How to start MKC depends on which system you are running it on. The
normal way of doing this is to type:
java mkc [-c] [-o] <filename>
This part of the tutorial contains descriptions of each of the menus and
windows in MKC. If you wonder what a menu, button or input field is for
please use the graphical window to click on it. Click on the button
below to open the window.
- The FILE menu
Use this menu to perform file operations on the database, and
exit the MKC program.
- New - start a new database.
- Open - open an existing database. This is similar
to starting MKC with a filename on the command
- Save - saves the database.
- Save As - saves the current database with a new name.
- Open old format - opens an old format MKBL file. This is similar
to starting MKC with a filename and the
option on the command line.
- Exit - quits MKC.
- The ACTION menu
- Compile HTML - writes out the contents of the database
in HTML format. See the entry for the
- Compile LaTeX - writes out the contents of the database
in LaTeX format.
- The WINDOWS menu
- Clear display - Clears the
message window. Useful if the messages
fill the window, and you want to avoid having
to use the scrollbar to see the bottom
- Edit Database - same as clicking on the
- Edit Options - opens the
options editor. Use this to edit the way
MKC compiles your MKBL files. You can change
many aspects of your HTML output.
- The message window
Here you will find a lot of information about what MKC is
currently doing. You will also see the Message Of The Day and
the Howto files (selected from the Help menu) if you are
connected to the internet (these files are read using HTTP/1.0),
and any error messages which might pop up.
If the message window gets cluttered with useless information,
select Clear display from the
- The progress meter
This little display shows the progress of time consuming
operations. NOTE: Due to a bug(?) in some UNIX releases
of the Java AWT the progress meter can sometimes cause the
program to freeze. Just move the mouse pointer over the main
window to wake it up again.
- The status fields
- The buttons
Kaj Wik Siebert © 1997