Adds commentary to the history of an NDF


This task allows application-independent commentary to be added to the history  records of an NDF . The text may be read from a text file or obtained through a parameter.


hiscom ndf [mode]
file=? comment=?



The application name to be recorded in the new history record. If a null value (!) is supplied, a default of "HISCOM" is used and the new history record describes the parameter values supplied when HISCOM was invoked. If a non-null value is supplied, the new history record refers to the specified application name instead of "HISCOM" and does not describe the HISCOM parameter values. [!]
A line of commentary limited to 72 characters. If the value is supplied on the command line only that line of commentary will be written into the history. Otherwise repeated prompting enables a series of commentary lines to be supplied. A null value (!) terminates the loop. Blank lines delimit paragraphs. Paragraph wrapping is enabled by Parameter WRAP. There is no suggested default to allow more room for entering the value.
The date and time to associated with the new history record. Normally, a null (!) value should be supplied, in which case the current UTC date and time will be used. If a value is supplied, it should be in one of the following forms.
  • Gregorian Calendar Date –- With the month expressed either as an integer or a three-character abbreviation, and with optional decimal places to represent a fraction of a day ("1996-10-2" or "1996-Oct-2.6" for example). If no fractional part of a day is given, the time refers to the start of the day (zero hours).

  • Gregorian Date and Time –- Any calendar date (as above) but with a fraction of a day expressed as hours, minutes and seconds ("1996-Oct-2 12:13:56.985" for example). The date and time can be separated by a space or by a "T" (as used by ISO 8601 format).

  • Modified Julian Date –- With or without decimal places ("MJD 54321.4" for example).

  • Julian Date –- With or without decimal places ("JD 2454321.9" for example).

Name of the text file containing the commentary. It is only accessed if MODE="File".
The interaction mode. The allowed values are described below.

"File" –- The commentary is to be read from a text file. The formatting and layout of the text is preserved in the history unless WRAP=TRUE and there are lines longer than the width of the history records.

"Interface" –- The commentary is to be supplied through a parameter. See Parameter COMMENT.


NDF = (Read and Write)
The NDF for which commentary is to be added to the history.
WRAP=TRUE requests that the paragraphs of comments are wrapped to make as much text fit on to each line of the history record as possible. WRAP=FALSE means that the commentary text beyond the width of the history records (72 characters) is lost. If a null (!) value is supplied, the value used is TRUE when MODE="Interface" and FALSE if MODE="File". [!]


hiscom frame256 comment="This image has a non-uniform background"
This adds the comment "This image has a non-uniform background" to the history records of the NDF called frame256.
hiscom ndf=eso146-g14 comment="This galaxy is retarded" mode=i
This adds the comment "This galaxy is retarded" to the history records of the NDF called eso146-g14.
hiscom hh14_k file file=ircam_info.lis
This reads the file ircam_info.lis and places the text contained therein into the history records of the NDF called hh14_k. Any lines longer than 72 characters are truncated to that length.
hiscom hh14_k file file=ircam_info.lis wrap
As the previous example except the text in each paragraph is wrapped to a width of 72 characters within the history records.