|Re: HP-35s bug list|
Message #28 Posted by Gerson W. Barbosa on 24 Aug 2007, 10:45 a.m.,
in response to message #27 by Karl Schneider
Why not simply XEQ [label]? XEQ [.] nnn should be used for a particular line.
Good idea, but we'd need XEQ [.] Lnnn, where L is a letter label.
That was a typo. Thanks for pointing out the mistake! Anyway, I don't think an extra keystroke in these cases should be a problem because they will not occur very often. Also, it's unlikely anyone will use all 26 labels in a calculator which has no I/O system. Chances are only a few programs will reside in memory at a time, so there will be plenty of letter labels left. If M constains some matrix routines for determinant, inverse matrix, etc., it would be better using XEQ D, XEQ I, etc., instead of XEQ .M065, XEQ M.110, etc., for instance.
The HP-42S did not have this problem; it could display up to 22 characters on one line, with each decimal point requiring a position.
On the other hand, some consider the tiny characters in the HP-42S a weakness. I like the larger characters in the HP-35s, so that's ok for me. Perhaps providing a way to use both display lines to show a complex number could be offered as an option:
The user would know this is only one complex number, otherwise the bottom display line would show
Also, as someone has suggested, HMS-> should be changed to ->H.