The TUTOR Language

The TUTOR Language

by Bruce Arne Sherwood  Now available to everyone; presented here through the generosity and permission of the Author: Bruce Arne Sherwood. Below is the Table of Contents linking you pdf documents containing the various chapters. Alternatively, you may be interested in the whole book in page-by-page or side-by-side (2-up) format. Joe Stanton has also contributed the OCR version of the The TUTOR Language which is a bit smaller (~14MB).  

  • Cover and Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    • How to use this book
    • Sample PLATO Lessons
    • The PLATO Keyboard
    • Basic Aspects of TUTOR
  • Chapter 2 - More on Creating Displays
    • Coarse Grid and Fine Grid
    • The -box-, -vector-, and -circle- Commands
    • Large-size Writing: -size- and -rotate-
    • Animations (Moving Displays): -erase- and -pause-
    • -pause-, -time-, and -catchup-
    • The -mode- Command
    • Automated Display Generation
  • Chapter 3 - Building Your Own Tools: The -do- Command
  • Chapter 4 - Doing Calculations in TUTOR
    • Giving Names to Variables: -define-
    • Repeated Operations: The Iterative -do-
    • Showing the Value of a Variable
    • Passing Arguments to Subroutines
  • Chapter 5 - Sequencing of Units Within a Lesson
    • Summary of Sequencing Commands
    • The -helpop- Command: "Help on Page"
    • The -imain- Command
  • Chapter 6 - Conditional Commands
    • Logical Expressions
    • The Conditional -write- Command (-writec-)
    • The Conditional -calc- Commands: -calcc- and -calcs-
    • The Conditional -mode- Command
    • The -goto- Command
    • The Conditional Iterative -do-
    • The -if- and -else- Commands
  • Chapter 7 - Judging Student Responses
    • Student Specification of Numerical Parameters
    • Student Specification of Non-Numerical Parameters
    • Difference Between Numeric and Alphabetic Information
    • More On -answer- and -wrong- (Including -list- and -specs-)
    • Building Dialogs With -concept- and -vocabs-
    • Numbering Vocabulary Words
    • The -judge-Command
    • Finding Key Words: The -match- and -storen- Commands
    • Numerical and Algebraic Judging: -ansv- and -wrongv-
    • Handling Scientific Units: -ansu-, -wrongu-, and -storeu-
    • The -exact- and exactc- Commands
    • The -answerc- Command: A Language Drill
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8 - More About Judging
    • Stages in Processing the -arrow- Command
    • Repeated Execution of -join-
    • Judging Commands Terminate Regular State
    • The -goto- is a Regular Command
    • Interactions of -arrow- with -size-, -rotate-, -long-, -jkey-, and -copy-
    • Applications of -jkey-, and -ans-
    • Modifying the Response: -bump- and -put-
    • Manipulating Character Strings
    • Catching Every Key: -pause-, -keytype-, and -group-
    • Touching the Screen
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9 - Additional Display Features
    • More on the -write-Command
    • Extensions to the Basic Character Set
    • The "initial entry unity" (ieu)
    • Smooth Animations Using Special Characters
    • Creating a New Character Set
    • Micro Tables
    • The Graphing Commands: Plotting Graphs with Scaling and Labeling
    • Summary of Line-drawing Commands: -draw-, -gdraw-, -rdraw-
    • The -window- Command
    • More on Erasing: The -eraseu- Command
    • Keeping Things on the Screen: "inhibit erase"
    • Interaction of "inhibit erase" with -restart-
    • The -char- and -plot- Commands
    • The -dot- Command
  • Chapter 10 - Additional Calculation Topics
    • Defining Your Own Functions
    • Arrays
    • Segmented Variables
    • Branching Within a Unit: -branch- and -doto-
    • Array Operations
    • Integer Variables and Bit Manipulation
    • Byte Manipulation
    • Vertical Segments
    • Alphanumeric to Numeric: The -compute- Command
    • The -find- Command
    • The -exit- Command
  • Chapter 11 - Manipulating Data Bases
    • The -common- Command
    • The Swapping Process
    • Common Variables and the Swapping Process
    • The -storage- Command
    • Using -datasets-
    • Sorting Lists
  • Chapter 12 - Miscellany
    • Other Terminal Capabilities
    • Student Response Data
    • Additional Tools for Teaching Foreign Languages
    • Routers and -jumpout-
    • Instructor Mode
    • Special "terms"