Transcript - HyperTalk book?

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Mon Jun 17 22:28:01 EDT 2002

Rik Panero <rikp1964 at> wrote:
> I've stumbled onto Revolution and am trying to make sense of it.  I do not 
> have a Hypercard background but from what I can tell, Transcript syntax 
> seems to be closer to HyperTalk than anything else.  Would a HyperTalk 
> book  be the way to go?  Several are available on my local library's shelf 
> (though from the late 80s).  Are there any online HyperTalk tutorials (a 
> Google search hasn't been very helpful) and what pitfalls should I be aware 
> of regarding HyperTalk vs. Transcript?

The best book for a HyperCard novice is Danny Goodman's "The Complete 
HyperCard 2.2 Handbook". It is out of print now, but sometimes shows up 
on ebay or one of the online used bookstores. This book goes through 
everything a beginner needs to know. You'll have to ignore the 
information about GUI features (various palettes, behaviors, and menu 
items) because RR is different, but the information on the message 
hierarchy and the language syntax is accurate and indispensable. 
Virtually all the scripting terms and usage in the book are transferable 
to RR.

A brief HyperCard tutorial is online at:

There are more HyperCard-related links here:

Don't bother to download a reference stack at the above site called 
"HyperCard Nuances" though -- it is a description of HyperCard's GUI and 
behavior idiosyncracies, none of which translate to Rev.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
HyperActive Software           |

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