Contents of the DVATTR.DOC file
Desqview Color Attribute Quick Reference
(c) Daniel T. Travison Jr., 1987
GEnie Email: D.TRAVISON
P.O. Box 165
Burnt Hills, NY 12027
DVATTR.COM is a very simple program designed to display color
attributes in a grid. This is another reference I created to
better improve my productivity. In other words, I got tired of
having to look up the numbers!
You are granted permission to distribute this program with the
stipulation that NO remittance is accepted for either the program
or handling and distribution charges. This program may not be
distributed with other programs on disk if a charge is incurred
for any program or for the medium. In other words, if there is
a charge involved then you do not have permission to include this
The author makes no warranties expressed or implied as to the quality or
performance of this program. The author will not be held liable for any
direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from
the use of this program. Your use of this program constitutes your
agreement to this disclaimer and your releasing the author from any form
of liability or litigation.
Desqview routines used:
1: Checks for the presence of Desqview and exits if Desqview
is not found.
2: The program writes directly to the screen buffer provided by
3: The program releases the rest of the time slice when it finds
no key input.
Desqview 2.0 :You MUST have this version or later
Dvattr.com :the executable program
Ac-pif.dvp :the program information file used by desqview
(see next section)
Reasonable compatability with the 'standard' IBM is assumed when
running this program. I use interupt 16h to check for key
strokes pending and to retrieve the same.
Program information file:
I have provided the 2 screens from change a program to illustrate the
required settings should the Ac-pif.dvp be missing or incorrect.
Five points should be noted:
1: Memory size is set to 2k. More is not needed, less will
produce an error message.
2: Maximum and starting screen size is set to 13 for the height
and 41 for the width. Increasing values will distort the
display. Decreasing these values can cause serious problems
when the program tries to write to memory that is not
allocated to it.
3: All memory options on the Advanced screen are set to zero.
changing this will only allocate memory to the program
that will not be used and is therefore wasted.
4: The close on exit to DOS option is set to yes. This
allows Desqview to use its own shell.com instead of
command.com to load the program. The saves a nice
chunk of memory that would otherwise be wasted.
5: The program will appear on the Add a program (other)
menu as Desqview Attribute Chart. Keep this in mind
in case you have a problem finding it.
Change a Program
Program Name............: Desqview Attribute Chart
Keys to Use on Open Menu: AC Memory Size (in K): 2
Writes directly to screen......: [N]
Displays graphics information..: [N]
Can be swapped out of memory...: [Y]
Requires floppy diskette.......: [N]
Press F1 for advanced options Press when you are DONE
Change a Program Advanced Options
System Memory (in K).......: 0 Maximum Program Memory Size (in K)..:
Script Buffer Size.......: 0 Maximum Expanded Memory Size (in K):
Text Pages: 1 Graphics Pages: 0 Initial Mode: Interrupts: 00 to FF
Maximum Height: 13 Starting Height: 13 Starting Row...: 1
Maximum Width.: 41 Starting Width.: 41 Starting Column: 1
Close on exit to DOS.........: [Y] Uses its own colors.........: [N]
Allow Close Window command...: [Y] Runs only in foreground.....: [Y]
Uses math coprocessor........: [N] Keyboard conflict (0-4).....: 
Press F1 for standard options Press when you are DONE
This program has been successfully run on the following
1: Compaq 386
2: IBM 8mhz AT (monochrome graphics)
3: My 8mhz XT. (color) This machine is an example
of the extreme in that the parts were purchased
from at least 7 different manufactures, none of
which are known for their large market share.
The CPU is a NEC V20 and the BIOS is by PHEONIX
This program was written for my own convenience and use
and I hope you find it useful for what it is designed,
namely, a quick, compact, color attribute reference.
Any comments or suggestions may be directed to one of
the two address provided above.