Contents of the TIMEDASK.DOC file
TimedAsk - Version 1.01 Copyright (C) 1987 HUMBLEWARE Custom Programming
TimedAsk is a Timed Interactive Batch File Utility that allows you to control
the execution of batch files by branching to various labels within a batch
file based upon keyboard input.
Here comes the good part! TimedAsk will execute a particular batch file label
if a specified number of seconds have elapsed without keyboard input.
With TimedAsk you can write a batch file that will let you manually select the
configuration of your computer system by making menu choices or take a default
selection if you have not made a choice within nn seconds.
Usage: A>TIMEDASK NN,C,ABCD...
Acceptable key-press list
Default key-press at time-out
Number of seconds before time-out
Where: NN = Number of seconds to wait before time-out. The number of seconds
before time-out will usually range anywhere from 5 to 60 depending
upon your particular application.
C = Default key-press at time-out. The default key-press at time-out
must be one of the keys found in the acceptable key-press list.
ABCD = Acceptable key-press list. TimedAsk will terminate only when one
of the listed keys are pressed *OR* at the expiration of nn
seconds. The acceptable key-press list can contain any printable
ASCII character, alphabetic, numeric, punctuation, etc. The number
of characters in the key-press list is limited only by the length
of the DOS command line.
Example: A>TIMEDASK 30,G,WPGQSB...
B = 6th character = ERRORLEVEL 6
S = 5th character = ERRORLEVEL 5
Q = 4th character = ERRORLEVEL 4
G = 3rd character = ERRORLEVEL 3
P = 2nd character = ERRORLEVEL 2
W = 1st character = ERRORLEVEL 1
Each character in the acceptable key-press list "WPGQSB" returns
an ERRORLEVEL to DOS based upon its position in the key-press list.
G = 3rd character in key-press list = ERRORLEVEL 3
The default key-press "G" returns an ERRORLEVEL 3 to DOS because it
is the 3rd character in the acceptable key-press list.
30 = Number of seconds before time-out
TimedAsk will wait "30" seconds for an acceptable character to be
received from the keyboard before timing out.
If a character in the acceptable key-press list is received within
30 seconds, TimedAsk will return an ERRORLEVEL to DOS based upon
that characters position in the acceptable key-press list.
If a character in the acceptable key-press list is not received
within 30 seconds, TimedAsk will return an ERRORLEVEL 3 to DOS
because "G" (the default key-press) is the 3rd character in the
acceptable key-press list.
For an example of how to use TimedAsk run the included batch file DEMO.BAT
and modify it to suit your specific needs.
Files included in TIBFU101.ARC:
TIMEDASK.DOC 'this document
TIMEDASK.EXE 'TimedAsk program
DEMO.BAT 'a demonstration batch file
TimedAsk is released to the public and may be used and distributed freely.
Since TimedAsk is a "freebie" the user assumes no responsibility towards the
author in terms of compensation, monetary or otherwise and the author assumes
no responsibility towards the user for any use or mis-use of TimedAsk.
Best wishes, L.A.Westhaver
HUMBLEWARE Custom Programming
247 Paul Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21227
Voice: (301) 799-1975
Data: (301) 799-8564