Refer to the chapter on "EDA implementations" for implementation specific information, e.g. EDA-PC Users should read the section on the PC implementation, as well as any other system specific documentation - printed or otherwise - supplied (including the LAST_MINUTE item available with the HELP command).
(*) This symbol (in a title or in front of a paragraph) signal that the text following it, should only be read by advanced users. Information marked this way usually requires some understanding of macro programming or EDA internals. Double or more stars mark even more esoteric items.
Before looking up information in this manual, you should be familiar with the basic syntax (details can wait), as well as the common abreviations used throughout the manual. In the introductory section you will find a GLOSSARY. Whenever you come accross unfamiliar concepts and terms refer to the glossary for an explanation. There is also an detailed table of contents and an extended index.
The various chapters of this manual with the exception of the introductory chapters, describe functional groups of commands and features. At the beginning of most chapters you will find an overview of what you might expect inside, as well as general information on the topics discussed.
Be warned (and reassured): Most EDA commands offer many many options. Most commands however produce quit meaningful results without any option; many options will be particular (very specific use). You do not need to understand everything before using a command!
When using exploratory techniques you should have some familiarity with the basic exploratory techniques. A good starting points are Velleman & Hoaglin; Dearing; McNeill or Erickson & Nosanchuk (See References).