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 Here's why the steps in Table 6.3 work: Here's why the steps in Table 6.3 work:
  
-1. If com is waiting for you to type a command, then you could type the command anyway, but you type Space, which gets you a prompt (com isn't interpreting commands). Then you type Return, which ends that prompt. So now com is waiting for a command again. So the Space Bar & Return sequence was unnecessary,​ but it did not harm. (People in the room won't even see it because if you try to ``say''​ an empty line, com doesn'​t print anything.)+1. If com is waiting for you to type a command, then you could type the command anyway, but you type Space, which gets you a prompt (com isn't interpreting commands). Then you type Return, which ends that prompt. So now com is waiting for a command again. So the Space Bar & Return sequence was unnecessary,​ but it did not harm. (People in the room won't even see it because if you try to ''​say''​ an empty line, com doesn'​t print anything.)
  
 2. If com has prompted you & is not interpreting your commands, the Space Bar won't do anything useful, but the Return key will end that prompt. If you had mistakenly typed Return earlier & com was waiting for you to say something into the room, the Space Bar will do nothing, but the Return will end that mode, & com will now wait for you to type a command.. (If you had typed things before the Space Bar, you will ''​say''​ them into the room.) 2. If com has prompted you & is not interpreting your commands, the Space Bar won't do anything useful, but the Return key will end that prompt. If you had mistakenly typed Return earlier & com was waiting for you to say something into the room, the Space Bar will do nothing, but the Return will end that mode, & com will now wait for you to type a command.. (If you had typed things before the Space Bar, you will ''​say''​ them into the room.)