Instructions for Making a Note (Text Object) in VRoma




Print out this page before you connect to the MOO so you can refer to it as you work.






Do not forget to drop your new object.







It is a good idea to lock your text into a room or container.






Do not use this method to create a hyperlinked text. Instead begin with #5 (generic thing) and use the HTML box in the Object Editor.

Generic Note (#9)

The Note (Text Object) provides a simple way to put a Latin or English text in a VRoma room. In order to make a note, your MOO character must have builder status; if your character is currently just a player, email to request a promotion.

Creation: In the MOO, type @create (all commands must of course be concluded by pressing the Enter key, which sends your command or message to the remote computer). You will be asked what type of object you want to create and given a list of generics. Type 9 (without the number sign), which is the number of the generic note.

You will then be asked to name your object. If your text object will be all or part of a poem or an excerpt from a prose work, you may want to use the author and title as your name (e.g. Horace Ode I.9). You will then be asked to write a description. Type your description as one or more sentences without quotes. You will then be given an object number for your new text object. Your character will be carrying the note, so the first thing you should do is drop it (type drop [name-of-note]; in all these directions, substitute the name you have given your text object for [name-of-note] ).

Now type write hi on [name-of-note]. This will give you some initial text on your note so that you can use the Object Editor to paste in the actual text that you want to use.

Click on Customize rooms and objects in the right-hand toolbar. In the object browser page, click on Edit an object's basic characteristics, select your note from one of the object lists, then click Do browse or edit. In the object editor page, it is essential to place a check mark in front of each category where you want to make changes, otherwise your changes won't be saved. To change your description, check the Description box and then revise your description. If you want to lock your new text object into the current room so no one can remove it (a very good thing to do), place a check next to Object and then click is locked to its current location. To add an icon, check Object's associated icon and then type in the full URL (if you wish, you may use the colored drawing of a scroll: Otherwise a small icon of a quill pen will appear next to your note.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Object Editor, and you will see a box marked Text (Notes Only). Place a check mark here and paste the text you want to appear on the note into this box (or type the text directly into the box). Any text placed in this box will appear in the MOO's web window as preformatted text; this means that a fixed-width font will be used and any spaces, blank lines, or carriage returns you have typed will be preserved. It is thus excellent for showing the line breaks and stanzas of poetry.

When finished making changes, scroll down and click the button marked Update Characteristics. You will see a message that your changes have been saved; then click Return to Viewer and you will be able to see your new text object.

Use: Click on your text object and you will see your description and the instructions Read [name-of-note]. Clicking on Read will bring your text to the screen.

NB: If you want to add hyperlinks to your text, do not use this method. Instead of basing your object on the Generic Note (#9), use the Generic Thing (#5), paste your text into the HTML box in the Object Editor, and add the usual HTML codes.

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Please direct questions about this document to Barbara McManus
July 2002