*TLX* is an enhanced tagline manager for off line mail readers. TLX directly supports SLMR/OLX, other mail readers can be manually installed. TLX supports UNLIMITED taglines, and intelligently suggests taglines based on the subject and contents of your message. TLX also has a built in quote enhancer that makes your messages unique. And lots more! TLX is a fully functional shareware package.
Tag Line Xpress v1.1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ release date 06/19/92
Introduction ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tag Line Xpress (TLX) is an enhanced tagline manager for offline message mail readers. A tagline is a single line comment that is added to the end of each message by mail readers, and is often a funny or ridiculous statement. Most mail readers available today have limitations to the amount of taglines they can handle, and one has to physically select a tagline from what could well be a sizeable collection, or the mail reader will cycle through the available taglines sequentially or randomly. TLX makes the job of maintaining and selecting taglines infinitely easier.
Tag Line Xpress (TLX) supports UNLIMITED taglines. TLX uses a database to store your tagline collection, and keeps a count of how many times each tagline has been used. TLX will read the message you are sending, and suggest taglines from the database depending on the subject and contents of the message, giving priority to lesser used taglines. TLX can steal taglines from entire QWK mail packets. There is even a quote enhancement feature that places a quote box around the message that you are responding to. TLX is self installing (when used with the Silly Little Mail Reader or Off Line Xpress). Any mail reader that supports a tagline manager can be set up to use TLX. Mouse users will appreciate the Mouse Menus that allow you to handle almost all operations without using the keyboard at all! When Mouse Support is selected, and a functioning mouse is located, TLX will display the mouse menu on the right side of the screen with all the normal alpha-numeric characters displayed. Clicking on a character in the Mouse Menu is the same as typing it in. All features in TLX are fully configurable. TLX only needs 260K of system memory to work, any memory over that including Expanded Memory will be used by TLX for dynamic caching and buffers.
Tag Line Xpress (TLX) is being distributed under the Shareware concept, you may freely copy and distribute TLX in it's original unmodified archive form. TLX is NOT crippled or restricted in any way, the shareware version is a fully functional program to allow you to evaluate it's performance - except for the random appearance of a nag screen reminding you to register. After a reasonable evaluation period you are expected to register TLX with the author and send in a registration fee of US $10.00 (ten US Dollars). Once you send in your registration fee, you will receive a valid registration number that will eliminate the nag screen, send $10 is cash or a check to the author at :
R.Janorkar 651 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10304-2409.
please include your full name, mailing address, version number of TLX you are using, and the mail reader program you are using. If you send a registration fee of US $25.00 (twenty five US Dollars) or more, you will also be mailed the next release of TLX when it is available.
What's New ~~~~~~~~~~ TLX v1.1 fixes a couple of minor glitches, and also introduces a new Mouse Menu that allows you to use a mouse for virtually all operations in TLX, including typing in new taglines!
Quick Start ~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are using SLMR or OLX mail readers, TLX will install itself automatically. If you are using another mail reader you will need to manually install TLX within your mail reader. This section is for SLMR and OLX users only.
Copy the distribution files into your mail reader directory, or create a new directory for TLX. The location of TLX when it is installed is important, since the installation process writes this information into the changes it makes in the SLMR or OLX configuration file. If you have to move TLX after it has been installed, you must re-install it from the new directory. Once the files have been copied, simply type TLX at the DOS command line, and TLX will start the installation process.
When TLX is started for the very first time it will ask if you want to continue before beginning installation. TLX will then modify the mail reader configuration files and create all the necessary batch files it needs. The tagline database is also created. Next TLX will display the default settings that it will use every time it is run. You can modify these and Save them to the TLX configuration file. TLX will then look for tagline files and if it finds one it will display the name of the tagline file and ask if you want to use that file. If TLX can not recognize any tagline files it will ask you to enter a file name. You can press ENTER to accept the default name it finds, or type in a new drive:\path\filename.ext. TLX will then read all taglines into the database, and remove duplicates. Once it is completed, TLX will ask if you want to rename this tagline file so your mail reader will not use it (this saves memory and results in faster operation). Type Yes, since the reader configuration has been modified to disable the internal tagline support. Press ENTER to accept the name of the file that TLX suggests, or enter a new file name. TLX is now installed and ready for use!
The original mail reader configuration file will be saved as CONFIG.OLD, if ever you wish to undo all the changes that TLX has done to the mail readers' configuration, you can copy this file over the mail reader configuration file (CONFIG.OLX for OLX and CONFIG.MR for SLMR). You can now use TLX by starting up your mail reader. When you reply to a message, TLX will intercede and place a quote box instead of the normal xx> quote symbols. Note that if you initiated a new message then there will be no quote box. You can now type your message as you normally do. Once you save the message and exit your editor, you will see the tagline manager menu. TLX will first read the message and analyze it, then suggest taglines from it's database. You can use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate around the menu. If you want to see more taglines press the PageUp or PageDown keys. You can switch between these suggestions and the tagline database, and search for specific taglines in either. You can also view the message
that you are processing. Press ENTER to select a tagline (or press the number next to the tagline wanted), or select the Quit without tagline option (or press ESCAPE) to quit TLX without adding any tagline to your message. You can also modify the TLX default configuration settings, or type a new tagline that will also be added to the tagline database.
Detailed explanations ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TLX will have to be manually installed into other mail readers. There are two parts to the installation, the quote enhancer and the tagline manager. The specific details are given after the next section describing all the TLX options. TLX requires a minimum of 260K of system memory to work. It may be necessary to enable swapping in your mail editor. If you have EMS memory TLX will use it for dynamic disk caching and buffers. The syntax for TLX is :