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Embedding The C1Pjs Simulator

Challenger 1P

(If you see this message, C1Pjs may still be loading)

If you want to read as little as possible, then just paste the following code onto a web page:

<div id="myC1P"/></div><div style="clear:both"></div>
<script type="text/javascript"
    src="http://www.pcjs.org/versions/c1pjs/1.15.3/c1p.js">
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    window.embedC1P(
        "myC1P",
        "http://www.pcjs.org/configs/c1p/machines/8kb/embed/machine.xml",
        "http://www.pcjs.org/versions/c1pjs/1.15.3/components.xsl"
    );
</script>

Otherwise, read on to learn how embedding works, and how you can create your own machine configuration and customize its appearance.

Step 1: Create a machine definition XML file

You need an XML file that defines a Challenger configuration, listing all the components it will contain and where they will be mapped into the address space.

The order of the XML elements also determines the layout of the associated HTML elements; for example, if the <keyboard> element appears before the <video> element, then the keyboard controls will be displayed above the video display instead of below. There's an extensive set of attributes that you can add to any of the elements below to style and position them, including the usual style attribute, but at present, there's no documentation beyond the sample XML files and the default XML stylesheet.

The example at the top of this page uses an XML file that looks like:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <machine id="OSI" class="c1pjs" border="1" width="272px" pos="right" padleft="16px" padright="16px" padbottom="16px">
        <computer id="c1p" name="Challenger 1P">
            <module type="cpu" refid="cpu6502" start="0x0000" end="0xffff"/>
            <module type="ram" refid="ram8K" start="0x0000" end="0x1fff"/>
            <module type="rom" refid="romNull" start="0x2000" end="0x9fff"/>
            <module type="rom" refid="romBasic" start="0xa000" end="0xbfff"/>
            <module type="video" refid="video" start="0xd000" end="0xd3ff"/>
            <module type="keyboard" refid="keyboard" start="0xdf00" end="0xdfff"/>
            <module type="serial" refid="serialPort" start="0xf000" end="0xf0ff"/>
            <module type="rom" refid="romSystem" start="0xf800" end="0xffff"/>
        </computer>
        <cpu id="cpu6502"/>
        <ram id="ram8K" size="0x2000"/>
        <rom id="romNull" size="0x8000"/>
        <rom id="romBasic" size="0x2000" image="http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/roms/basic-gcpatch.hex"/>
        <rom id="romSystem" size="0x0800" image="http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/roms/system.hex"/>
        <video id="video" screenwidth="256" screenheight="192" cols="32" rows="32"
            charset="http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/video/chargen1x.png" padtop="8px" padleft="8px" padbottom="8px"/>
        <keyboard id="keyboard" pos="center">
            <control type="button" class="input" binding="ctrl-c">CTRL-C</control>
            <control type="button" class="input" binding="ctrl-o">CTRL-O</control>
            <control type="button" class="input" binding="break">BREAK</control>
        </keyboard>
        <serial id="serialPort" demo="true"/>
    </machine>

Machine configuration files can also be "self-starting" if they contain the following XML stylesheet reference at the top of the file:

    <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="http://www.pcjs.org/versions/c1pjs/1.15.3/machine.xsl"?>

For example, here's a self-starting machine.xml configuration. After it loads, use your browser's "View Source" command and you'll see that it's very similar to the XML example above.

Want to embed multiple simulators on a single page? No problem. Each <machine> element simply needs a unique id attribute. Take a look at array.xml for an example.

Step 2: Make sure you have all the necessary resource files

In the above XML file, the ROM and Video components refer to additional resources:

  • 8K BASIC ROM image @ http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/roms/basic-gcpatch.hex
  • 2K SYSTEM ROM image @ http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/roms/system.hex
  • 256-Character Generator image @ http://www.pcjs.org/devices/c1p/video/chargen1x.png

The URLs for those resource files can omit the server name if they're on the same server as the web page. The simulator will not start running until all the above resources have been loaded. Other resources, such as files or disk images listed by the <serial> or <disk> components, are not loaded until/unless they are selected.

NOTE: For larger simulator windows (eg, screenwidth of 512 and screenheight of 384), use a larger image file for the charset attribute; the smaller image file will work as well, but in the process of being enlarged, it won't look as sharp.

If you decide to include the <disk> component, you can simply link to an existing component definition XML file, such as samples.xml:

    <machine id="OSI" border="1" width="272px">
        <computer id="c1p" name="Challenger 1P">
            ...
            <module type="ram" refid="ram32K" start="0x0000" end="0x7fff"/>
            <module type="rom" refid="romNull" start="0x8000" end="0x9fff"/>
            <module type="rom" refid="romBasic" start="0xa000" end="0xbfff"/>
            <module type="disk" refid="disk" start="0xc000" end="0xc0ff"/>
            <module type="video" refid="video" start="0xd000" end="0xd7ff"/>
            ...
        </computer>
        ...
        <disk ref="http://www.pcjs.org/configs/c1p/disks/samples.xml"/>
        ...
    </machine>

Step 3: Add the C1Pjs Simulator to your web page

Somewhere on your page, you need to add the following <script> element:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.pcjs.org/versions/c1pjs/1.15.3/c1p.js"></script>

To include the C1Pjs Debugger, use c1p-dbg.js instead of c1p.js, and include some additional definitions in your machine definition XML file:

    <machine id="OSI" border="1" width="272px">
        <computer id="c1p" name="Challenger 1P">
            ...
        </computer>
        ...
        <debugger id="debugger"/>
        <panel ref="http://www.pcjs.org/configs/c1p/panels/default.xml"/>
        ...
    </machine>

The Panel XML file included above defines a variety of buttons and input/output controls that are bound to the CPU and Debugger components according to their binding attributes.

You can also create your own XML file that defines a completely different Control Panel layout, and either paste it into your machine definition file, inside a pair of <panel id="panel"...> ... </panel> elements, or link to it using a single <panel/> element with the ref attribute.

Step 4: Activate the C1Pjs Simulator

Add the following to your page's <body> element:

    <body onload="window.embedC1P('myC1P','embed.xml')">

and insert a <div id="myC1P"></div> where you want the simulator to appear.

The embedC1P() function accepts three parameters: - the id attribute of the HTML element that will contain the simulator (eg, 'myC1P'); - the URL of your machine definition XML file (eg, 'embed.xml', since it's on the same server); - the URL of an XML stylesheet; unless you've created your own stylesheet, it's recommended you omit this parameter and use the default XML stylesheet.

Step 5: Enjoy!

All I ask is that any page that embeds the simulator also includes the following attribution: a link to this website (pcjs.org) and my contact info (@jeffpar). If you use the default XML stylesheet, attribution is automatically inserted, which relieves you from including it yourself.

Feel free to copy any or all of the files listed above to your own server (it's probably better to share the server load, after all). Just be aware that none of these files have been frozen -- there are more features to add and probably still a few bugs waiting to be fixed. The advantage of copying them is that you might avoid regressions down the road, but the disadvantage is that you'll miss out on any changes, unless you check back periodically.

Problems? Something I neglected to explain? Features you'd like to see added, or better yet, add yourself? You can reach me at either @jeffpar or Jeff@pcjs.org.

Thanks!

Jeff Parsons
August 28, 2012

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