Category : BBS Programs+Doors
Archive   : DIZZY100.ZIP
Filename : FILEID.DOC

Output of file : FILEID.DOC contained in archive : DIZZY100.ZIP
FILEID.DOC - Description of the FILE_ID.DIZ file.

FILE_ID.DIZ was created by Clark Development Corporation, the makers of
PCBoard BBS software. It is used by their PCBDescribe program to
allow users to upload files without having to type in a description.
Since then, other utility programs have been written to use the
FILE_ID.DIZ file - such as the Ziplab upload processor. DIZ stands for
Description In Zip.

The FILE_ID.DIZ file is just a text file. Each line should be 45
characters long or less. It should not be more than 10 lines long.
PCBoard can be configured to handled for more than 10 lines per upload
description, but most sysops have the limit set at 10. It should not
contain ANSI sequences. Hi-ASCII characters (boxes etc) are very
popular but some systems don't allow them - use your own descretion.
The text should be a complete description of a program. The FILE_ID.DIZ
is then placed inside the ZIP (or ARJ, etc) along with all other files.

When the ZIP file is uploaded to a PCBoard BBS, the upload processor
(PCBDescribe, Ziplab, etc.) will look inside the ZIP file. If it finds
a FILE_ID.DIZ file, it will replace whatever the user typed in as a file
description with the contents of the FILE_ID.DIZ.

The beauty of the FILE_ID.DIZ file is:

1. Users do not have to type in a description.
2. It helps authors insure the "their" description is listed
and not something vague like "pretty good utility".
3. It makes it easier for sysops to check uploads.
4. Even if a BBS does not support FILE_ID.DIZ, the sysop still
has a place to get description information from.


  3 Responses to “Category : BBS Programs+Doors
Archive   : DIZZY100.ZIP
Filename : FILEID.DOC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: