New release of DELTA programs

Mike Dallwitz miked at ENTO.CSIRO.AU
Fri May 20 15:47:46 CDT 1994


New versions of the DELTA programs for MS-DOS are now available by gopher or
anonymous ftp from the following Internet hosts.

     huh.harvard.edu        (directory: /pub/software/delta/msdos)
     life.anu.edu.au        (directory: /pub/biodiversity/delta/msdos)
     spider.ento.csiro.au   (directory: /delta/msdos)

The Internet distribution package consists of text files *.1st and
self-expanding files *.exe. Download.1st contains this information about
downloading the files, changes.1st contains the revision history of the
programs, and delta.1st describes the procedure for installing the programs on
an MS-DOS computer. The files must be transmitted in binary mode, set by the
ftp command `binary'. (Failure to do so will result in the error message
`HeaderC Error' when the .exe files are run.)

Place the files in the directory C:\DELTA on your MS-DOS computer. Then follow
the installation procedure described in delta.1st, but omit the XCOPY command.

The date of this release is 16 May 1994. The changes from the previous
release (17 December 1993) are as follows.


DOCUMENTATION

9 May 1994. The following documents are now available through DOCPRINT: TED
User's Guide (draft of Edition 2); DELTA Standard (information for
programmers); Introduction to Computer Images; References.


TRANSLATIONS

16 May 1994. Portuguese versions of the CONFOR vocabulary (VOCABP) and INTKEY
(INKEYP) are now available. The translations were done by Mauro J. Cavalcanti,
Departamento de Biologia Geral, Universidade Santa Ursula, Rua Fernando
Ferrari, 75, Botafogo, 22231-040, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Phone:
Phone +55 21 551 5542 Ext. 151. Internet: maurobio at ax.apc.org. German versions
of INTKEY (INTKEYD and INTKEYDD) are now available. In INTKEYDD, the commands
and options have been translated; therefore, input files such as INTKEY.INI
must be translated before use with this version. The translation was done by
H. G. Richter, Institut fu"r Holzbiologie und Holzschutz, Leuschnerstrasse 91,
2050 Hamburg 80, Germany. Phone +49 40 739 62 0. Fax +49 40 739 62 480.


CONFOR

Version 2.12, 16 May 1994. Error messages relating to file-open failures were
improved. The error message when type-1 directives are not read was improved.
A bug associated output of real numeric and text characters in INTKEY format
was fixed (it could occur when the MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ITEMS was greater than
1024). The OMIT LOWER FOR CHARACTERS directive now works as documented, that
is, it does not add the word `to' before the upper values (if required, this
word must be in the character list).


DELFOR

Version 2.09, 25 March 1994. A bug associated with recognizing directives
starting with the same words was fixed.


DIST

Version 2.04, 8 March 1994. The error message on failure to open a scratch
file was improved.


INTKEY

Version 3.11, 16 May 1994. Various minor bugs were fixed. A message `Press
PageDown to continue' is displayed the first time the main display area fills.
SET AUTOBEST 1 sets the parameter to the total number of taxa.


KEY

Version 2.07, 24 January 1994. Spurious warning messages associated with the
ITEM ABUNDANCES directive were fixed.


PCLASS

Version 2.01, 8 February 1994. Checking for incorrect specification of the
number of OTU's was improved. Options for output of tree descriptions in
Phylip, Nexus, or Hennig86 formats were added, and the default extension of
the tree-description files was changed from .PCL to .TRE.


TED

Version 2.06, 8 March 1994. A misleading error message given on attempting to
make a file with an empty name was fixed. Box-arithmetic errors were made soft
failures. Memory management was modified in the OS/2 version to allow editing
of files up to about 5MB.




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