On 1/11/06 11:05, "Jules Richardson" <julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk>
You do. It
saved them having to fit a tokenising routine into the ROM.
a) didn't the later Spectrums (128, +2, +3) with '128 BASIC' let you type
commands without the keyword system?
Yep, from the Investronica 128 (the first 'toastrack' edition with the Big
Metal Heatsink?) to the +3, 128 mode let you just type and make your own
b) At least on the 16K / 48K Spectrums (not sure about
the ZX80 or '81) there
was a 'feature' of ZX BASIC whereby through some key combination you could
delete a keyword but the BASIC wouldn't drop back to keyword mode properly. Of
I never came across that, but there was at least a couple of 3rd party hacks
that bypassed the keyword system and let you type 'properly'. I didn't like
them at the time because I knew my way round the keyboard blindfold so I was
much quicker typing in programs using the keyword system.
Heck, back to Spectrums, I remember that the +2 had a
application... (what were the other main menu options? 128 BASIC, Spectrum
BASIC, Calculator, but I'm sure there was at least one other)
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