enCore v.4 User's Guide

Understanding the enCore Screen Appearance

enCore possesses an interactive four part screen appearance. This section of the guide will explain what all of these parts are and how they work.

The button bar provides buttons which offer point-and-click access to various features of enCore, such as changing options for your character, sending mail, creating objects and looking to see who else is logged in to enCore.

The following tables summarize the function of each button. If you are a guest or a student, you may not have all of these buttons on your toolbar.

about Gives you information about enCore.
help Gives you access to in-program help.
xpress Gives you access to Xpress features such as logging, VASE, and a personal notebook.
look Refreshes the viewing area; closes an object.
who Shows you who is connected to enCore.
search Allows you to search enCore for objects and players.
my stuff Allows you to review and edit objects you own.
options Allows you to change various options for your character.
mail Allows you to send mail to other enCore users.
objects Allows you to create and work with objects and rooms.
program Allows you to create programs (advanced users only).
wizard Allows you access to account creation (teachers and wizards only.)
quit Disconnects you from enCore.

The viewing area is where enCore displays descriptions and web pages. By default, it displays the description of the room where you are located. This location or "room" will contain three parts:

A description of the room
The top section of the viewing area will display the "description" of that room which may contain images and text.

You see:
The lower left area displays any objects or people who are located inside the room.

When you click on a person or an object, the viewing area will display its description (it will appear like a new web page opening). You can close your viewing of this person or object and return to the description of the room by clicking on the LOOK button in the button bar (the LOOK button functions sort of like a BACK button). When you view an object listed under the You see: section, you are infact still within the original room.

The lower right area of the screen displays exits to other locations or rooms inside enCore. They work just like clicking a web link to take you to a new website.

The command window is where you type commands for the enCore program to process. Commands can be anything: saying something to the room of people that you are in, displaying a web page, working with an object, or a variety of others. Older versions of the MOO technology enCore is based upon only used commands to operate, and you will still find that in enCore you have to use commands in many instances.

The enCore command window contains a set of buttons which allow you to switch between various "modes."

Normal mode allows you to type commands into enCore. If the program does not understand a command, it will respond with "I don't understand that." Examples of commands: look <object>, @go <room>, @examine <object>

Say mode allows you to chat more easily with others in the room. "Say mode" prefaces anything that you type with the "say" command. All you have to do is type text and hit enter to chat (like a typical chat room).

Emote mode prefaces anything that you type with the "emote" command. When you hit enter, what you have typed will appear in the talk window as Yourname does whatever: for example, "Joe jumps up and down." (See Communicating for more on emoting.)

Note: When you are in "say mode" or "emote mode," you have to switch to "normal mode" to enter a command.

In the talk area, enCore displays the output of text commands, including the speech and emotes of other players. It also displays some information when you look at an object, such as the web address displayed in the viewing area and a list of the objects inside the room. When you are navigating inside enCore or working with objects, enCore will also display some of the output of those commands in the talk area.



Screen Appearance || Quick Start || Beginner's Guide || | Getting around || Communicating ||Character options || Working with objects || Objects help ||Using MOO Mail || Creating objects and rooms ||Xpress options || Getting help || Command summary ||

Questions? Comments? Email Lennie Irvin
This guide is based on materials developed for the Encore Open Source Documentation Project by Lennie Irvin and Erin Karper. Menu courtesy of Milonic.

Page last updated 08-02-04 -- LI