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              comp.lang.forth Frequently Asked Questions README
                   Overview and Pointer to the 6-part FAQ


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Table of Contents:
  [0] A description of this document
  [1] How to get the comp.lang.forth FAQ
  [2] A summary of the FAQ
  [3] How to contact the FAQ maintainers
  [4] Miscellanea, Caveats, & Addenda

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Subject: [0] A description of this document

    This is a brief summary and description of the comp.lang.forth
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) files.  They are posted monthly to the
comp.lang.forth, comp.answers, & news.answers USENET newsgroups, and are
updated regularily.

    This document is posted to comp.lang.forth four times a month.

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Subject: [1] How to get the comp.lang.forth FAQ

    There are several ways to get a copy of the comp.lang.forth FAQ-files.
Some of them are listed here:

    VIA ANONYMOUS FTP:
    The Forth software repository  (official distribution site)
        ftp://ftp.forth.org/pub/Forth/FAQ/forthfaq.[1-6]
    The RTFM FAQ archives
        ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/comp.lang.forth/*
        ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/faqs/computer-lang/forth-faq/part[1-6]

    VIA THE WORLD-WIDE-WEB:
    The Forth Interest Group (FIG) homepage
        http://www.*-*-*.com/
    The Internet FAQ Consortium
        http://www.*-*-*.com/
    The Ohio-State University hypertext FAQ server
        http://www.*-*-*.com/

    VIA USENET:
    The USENET newsgroups
        comp.lang.forth
        news.answers
        comp.answers

    VIA EMAIL:
    There is no automated email server at this time.  If you are unable to
    obtain your own copy of the FAQ, send a message with "FAQ request" in
    the subject line to:

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Subject: [2] A summary of the FAQ

    The FAQ document is divided up into six parts, each of which covers
a specific aspect of the Forth programming language.  They are:

    forthfaq.1, 'general', Part 1 of 6: General/Miscellaneous
        - a brief historical background, a discussion of standards, and
            an overview of the FAQ

    forthfaq.2, 'online', Part 2 of 6: Online Resources
        - a relatively comprehensive guide to Forth info online

    forthfaq.3, 'vendors', Part 3 of 6: Forth Vendors
        - a database listing of Forth vendors, consultants, and authors

    forthfaq.4, 'systems', Part 4 of 6: Forth Systems
        - Forth implementations; commercial, shareware, and freeware
        - a large listing of various Forth and Forth-like systems for
            many different architectures (& budgets...)

    forthfaq.5, 'books', Part 5 of 6: Books, Periodicals, and Tutorials
        - a bibliography of printed resources available for Forth users

    forthfaq.6, 'groups', Part 6 of 6: Forth Groups & Organizations
        - a listing of organizations for the Forth professional, and
            hobbyist

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Subject: [3] How to contact the FAQ maintainers

    Each of the documents that make up the FAQ are maintained by different
authors, and specific queries or complaints should be directed to them.
Contact information for each author is found in the preamble to each part.

    General comments and/or questions about the FAQ (or Forth) can be
directed to:

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Subject: [4] Notes, Caveats, & Addenda

    These documents are relatively complete and up-to-date, but they are
not an exhaustive treatise on the Forth programming language.  They are
meant to be works-in-progress that address many concerns of the Forth
community, and try to answer many of the common RFI's (Requests For
Information) posted to the USENET newsgroup comp.lang.forth.

    If a reader finds any of the information contained in the FAQ
incomplete, outdated, or just plain wrong, they should feel free to contact
the author(s) with a short explanation, and perhaps a correction.  Often,
when an author is unsure of a piece of information they mark it with
brackets [like this].

    If, after you've parsed the FAQ for a specific resource, you haven't
found what you wanted, please feel free to post your question to
comp.lang.forth.  Most netizens will be more than willing to assist with
your problem.  PLEASE NOTE: Please read the "Flame bait" section in part 1
of the FAQ (General/Miscellaneous) before making certain assertions, or you
may be responsible for starting yet another, same-old, "holy war".

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May the Forth be with you.

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