Getting creative with external files.
Here's a thought I have been pondering that perhaps more experienced writers might have an idea on. In many of the new procedures I have been writing I've included error checking and self-validation. They prompt the operator if any error codes pop up. Which is fine for me as I have so many manuals that I have built a fort around my desk to keep people away. So I (usually) have the key for what the error codes mean. But planning for the future, it is unlikely those who follow after me will. So I am thinking of ways to include these Status and Error Messages into procedures. Some instruments I have gotten away with putting then in DISP messages as there were only 4-5 codes the unit would spit out. But some things like the Keithley 2400C has four pages of status codes. One thought I have is to screen capture these tables, save them as pictures then call on them using the PIC FSC in Met/Cal. But I wonder, is there a way for Met/Cal to call up a PDF or even a simple txt? I know it's possible on some level as I read about external txt files in a manual about flex standards and looked to see if I could manipulate the RINFE MATH function to pull it off but that is seeming like an unlikely prospect. Using the PIC FSC seems like a pretty workable solution but I was wondering there were other ideas or better ways of doing this.
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