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Re: SIGNATURE SUGGESTIONS
- Subject: Re: SIGNATURE SUGGESTIONS
- From: PETER PETTO
- Date: 05 Feb 1992 08:46:51
Thanks for your response early last week to my Signature suggestions &
concerns. Since that time I've been so busy using Signature, that I haven't
had time to respond with my comments. Hopefully you'll still be able to follow
the train of thought now.
1) The best way I've found to "see" what I'm working on onscreen
is to switch to the ASCII printer and write in draft view/hide
pagebreaks. This kills the offset, and keeps everything (unless
there is a line with a lot of format triangles or [xxx]
characters) onscreen. Using a monospaced typeface as you
suggest is only practical in my case for single typeface
documents. Switching printers seems a lot easier to me.
However, I still advocate a "show/hide margins" toggle that
would directly accomplish the goal of keeping everything
onscreen in draft view. I believe that Dragonfly incorporates
this feature in Nota Bene.
2) I have switched to Code Page 850 as you suggest, which
eliminates the [xxx] characters in the 0-255 range. I still
think it would be wonderful to be able to substitute a
designated character for all [xxx]s, or to be able to substitute
on a case by case basis. There are a lot of useful high-range
[xxx] characters that make the draft mode screens look like
And worse yet, the spelling checker does not recognize the
high-range [xxx] punctuation characters as just that. It is
very frustrating to have every word adjacent to a double quote
or an em-dash (,,) flagged and shown to me as
misspelled. Could you please refer this buglet to the hot list?
3) I misspoke when I asked for case-sensitive search and
replace. I should have said case-preserving search and replace.
That is, "cat" for "dog" - "Cat" for "Dog" -
"CAT" for "DOG" all
by one command. I am looking at making the appropriate XPL to
SPL changes to existing programs that will accomplish this. I'd
only suggest that such a program be included in future Signature
releases as a programming example that accomplishes a frequently
desired editing action.
4) I may not have been clear with regard to my comment regarding
dingbats as outline bullets. I have dingbats and do use them as
bullets. I was just commenting that they cannot be used as the
standard automatic outline bullets under the current
setstyle/usestyle design. This is not a big problem for me. It
is easy enough to program a key to call a style and then insert
an explicit dingbat bullet character. However it would be nice
to have these handled in the same way that bullets from the
extended character set are.
Thanks for your responses. And thanks for passing my suggestions on to the
appropriate XyQuest channels.