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INTRODUCTION

CompuServe contains a large number of files of various kinds, stored
in the file libraries of its forums. Navigating your way through the
libraries and file descriptions would be a tedious job if you had to
do it all manually. OzCIS has a number of procedures that make viewing
file information, and uploading and downloading files, simple and
mostly automatic.

Typical procedure: Open a forum's configuration dialogue and tell
OzCIS the numbers of file libraries whose contents you want to view.
On the next 1st or 2nd pass, OzCIS retrieves either brief or detailed
file lists - or both kinds if you want.

Then - off-line - you view the file lists, make selections from them,
assemble a list of files to download, and have OzCIS log back onto CIS
and fill your order.

The retrieval of abbreviated file information is a "short scan" that
provides a "short-format catalogue." Retrieval of detailed file
information is a "long scan" and provides a "long-format catalogue."
An "update" is a long scan that retrieves only new or changed
information from a library.


GETTING LIBRARY INFORMATION

By now you should have had OzCIS do a configuration pass for the
forums that interest you. If so, there is now a file with the
extension .SEC in each forum's directory. .SEC files contain lists
of forum discussion sections and forum library numbers and names.
OzCIS uses the .SEC file to provide a pick-list of library names and
numbers.

If you have not done a forum config pass yet, we suggest you do so -
unless you know all of the names and numbers of your favorite forum
libraries by heart. Making a forum config pass is covered in the OzCIS
documentation file FORUMS.DOC.


WHICH KIND OF SCAN?

A SHORT scan retrieves a list similar to what you'd see if you give
the command "DIR" at a library's "!" prompt. Here is a representative
line from a short scan:

NEWDTP.ZIP 5 28K 11-22-91 Extensive comparison of DTP programs





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That's it. The short-format listing gives you only file name, library
number, size in "K," file date, and a brief description.

A LONG scan gives you information similar to what you'd see if you
give the command "BROWSE" from a library's "!" prompt:

[12345,6789] Lib: 5
NEWDTP.ZIP/Bin Bytes: 28288, Count: 89, 22-May-91

Title : Extensive comparison of DTP programs
Keywords: DTP MAC PC DOS REVIEWS PROGRAMS COMPARISON

Archive contains text file - abstracts from various trade mags'
reviews of the latest versions of major (and some minor) DTP
programs for Mac, PC, other platforms. Covers features lists,
strengths and weaknesses, quality of tech support, prices.

Here you also have information on the UserID of the uploader, the
library number, the file name and file type, exact file size in bytes,
number of times the file has been downloaded ("Count"), file date, and
an brief and detailed descriptions. The "Keywords" are short
descriptive words added by the file's uploader (and/or the forum
sysops) to facilitate file searches.

The long-scan file OzCIS writes can be from 5 to 8 times larger than
the one it writes during a short scan. If you don't know for starters
how many files there are in a library that interests you, we suggest
you first do a short scan.

Once you've looked at the short-format catalogue, you can get a better
idea whether or not you want to do a long scan in the library. Doing
the short scan holds down your connect-time and saves hard disk space.

FILES WRITTEN DURING A SCAN

During a LONG scan OzCIS writes a file (in the forum's subdirectory)
whose base name is the first 8 characters of the forum's "GO" word and
whose extension begins "L" and ends with the library number. A long
scan of the DTPFORUM's library 5 would produce the file DTPFORUM.L5.
The result of a SHORT scan is a similarly-named file, but with an ".S"
extension. A short scan of DTPFORUM, library 12, would result in the
file DTPFORUM.S12. During an UPDATE OzCIS writes a file with a name
like DTPFORUM.U3 (that would be an update taken from DTPFORUM's
library 3).


PICKING THE LIBRARIES TO SCAN

Choose a forum via FORUMS > SELECT FORUMS > AVAILABLE FORUMS.
Then select FORUMS > PASS OPTION SETTINGS to open the main forum
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The lower "panel" of the dialogue ("1st/2nd One-Pass Options")
contains SCAN LIBS (LONG) and SCAN LIBS (SHORT) data fields.

Fill in either or both fields the same way you have filled in section-
number fields: Enter a library number into the field; if you enter
more than one number, put commas between the numbers. Do NOT type
spaces between the numbers and commas.

To see a pick-list of library names and numbers, press F2 when the
cursor is in either the long-scan or short-scan field.

A window named "LIBRARIES" opens at the right side of the screen.
Select a single library by highlighting it with the cursor bar and
pressing ENTER (or by left-clicking it). Select more than one library
by tagging multiple entries with the space bar; a check-mark appears
next to the selected entries. When you're done selecting them, press
ENTER or F10 to confirm (or ESC to abort). Select all libraries by
typing "ALL" into the field or selecting "ALL" from the bottom of the
pick-list. To the immediate right of each SCAN LIBS field there's a
"Y/N" field. When you're ready to do a scan, make sure to change "N"
to "Y" for whichever field applies to the scan you want done.

It's not safe to assume each message section in a forum has an
associated file library with the same number. If in doubt, check the
library pick-list.


Do NOT enter SECTION names into the SCAN LIBS data fields!

Close the dialogue and save the new configuration by pressing F10. Or
press ESC to close the dialogue without saving new information.

NOTE: After the scan, OzCIS will automatically change a "Y" to the
right of a SCAN LIBS field back to "N". The library numbers
will remain as-is in the data to the right of the "Y/N" field.
If you need to scan again, you'll need to open the config
dialogue and change the "N" back to "Y" again. Options
in this part of the dialogue are executed only once before
being reset.


THE "UPDATE" FIELD

Library contents change all the time. Set the UPDATE field to "Y" to
have OzCIS perform a long scan in selected libraries, retrieving ONLY
NEW OR CHANGED INFORMATION. Using "update" rather than scanning from
scratch can save you considerable time on-line, especially in large
libraries. (However, don't set this option to "Y" if you have never
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EXECUTING THE SCANS

Short and long scans are executed during either a 1st or 2nd pass.
OzCIS first takes care of any CISMail or forum messages, then does
scans, updates, or other work set up in the bottom "panel" of the
forum configuration dialogue.

IF YOU HAVE TO INTERRUPT A SCAN ...

Keep in mind that if you're logged on at 9600 baud, the following
procedure might not work very well. At 2400 baud or slower, it should
work ok.

As the file information is scrolling down the screen, press ^C - the
normal CIS (not OzCIS) "abort" command. When CIS detects the ^C it
presents a menu of choices. Select the one that returns you to the
prior menu (don't choose "continue").

You are now at a CIS "!" prompt. OzCIS is still in the middle of its
automated routine, but you'll have (deliberately) thrown it off the
track; it won't be trying to do anything right at the moment.

Abort the automatic pass by pressing ESC once (and once ONLY). OzCIS
then presents you with several choices, including ESC to log off
immediately or "T" to go into on-line-terminal mode.

Don't press ESC - that tells OzCIS to drop carrier - not a good way to
log off CIS. Press "T" to go into terminal mode. When the terminal-
mode menu appears at the top of the screen, select EXIT (keystroke:
ALT-X) to make OzCIS log off CIS normally.

If you abort this way, OzCIS will have written as much of the scan-
file as it could write before you pressed ^P. You can leave the
partially-written scan file in the forum's directory or delete it -
your choice. If you do another scan in the same library later on, the
partial file will be over-written by the new scan.



VIEWING CATALOGUES AND ABSTRACTS

After retrieving file information, select FORUMS > DOWNLOAD FILE(S).

This command opens a sub-menu with four choices.

SHORT LISTINGS

After selecting the library to view, you are able to scroll though a
list of its files, including a brief description of each file. If
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extended file descriptions from the short-scan window and/or pick a
file or files to download. More on that shortly.

LONG LISTINGS

After selecting the library to view, you see a list of files similar
in appearance to the list shown via SHORT LISTINGS. There are some
additional options, including searching for text within the list.
This command is also explained in greater detail below.

MANUAL INPUT

This command opens a dialogue called INPUT DOWNLOAD FILE INFO. The
dialogue can also be opened when you are viewing a short- or long-
format file listing and will be explained in the "Viewing A Short-

Format Catalogue" section, below.

EDIT LIST

If you've selected files (by any method) to download from one or
more forum libraries, this selection opens a window that allows you
to make changes in the list of downloads - including removing files
from the list. The command opens a PENDING DLS window, also
accessible when you are viewing file catalogues. See "Viewing A
Short-Format Catalogue," just below.



VIEWING A SHORT-FORMAT CATALOGUE

Selecting FORUMS > DOWNLOAD FILE(S) > SHORT LISTINGS opens a LIBRARIES
window at the right of the screen, showing all of the forum libraries
in the .SEC file OzCIS retrieved when you did the forum configuration
pass. This is a pick-list from which you select one library at a time
for viewing. If you have not yet done a short scan for the library you
select, OzCIS notifies you that it can't find the necessary file and
returns you to the FORUMS > DOWNLOAD FILE(S) sub-menu.

(Shortcut: When you are looking at the "Libraries" pick-list,
pressing, say, "5" makes the cursor bar jump to the line for
library number 5.)

If the short-format file (with an extension of .S, plus library number)
exists, a window opens showing the complete library directory, with a
one-line listing for each file (see the example above in the section
called "Which Kind of Scan?"). The window is called SHORT FORMAT SCAN
OF (followed by the selected forum name and library number).

The list can be scrolled with the PG UP and PG DN keys or with the
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you open this window). The cursor bar can be moved from file to file
via the UP- and DOWN-arrow keys.

The window has a number of menus, explained here not in strict left-
to-right order but in order from simplest to least simple:

QUIT (ALT-Q)

Return to the main screen. Alternative: Press ESC.

HELP (ALT-H)
Brings up a help-window with information about viewing
short scans. Alternative: Press F1.

EXTERNALS (ALT-X)

Call an external program. Externals are discussed in the documentation file
MISC.DOC.

EDITOR (ALT-E)

Opens OzCIS' General Editor.

LIBCHANGE (ALT-L)

View a different library (short scan catalogue). This command opens a
LIBRARIES window on the right side of the screen. Select a library
from the pick-list or press ESC to close the window without switching.
If OzCIS can't find a file associated with your choice, you'll get an
error-message saying so.

NOTE: You cannot use LIBCHANGE to change from viewing a short-
format catalogue to viewing a long-format catalogue - only to
another short-format catalogue.

REQUEST

A "Request" asks OzCIS to retrieve an abstract for the file
currently highlighted by the cursor bar. (An abstract is detailed
file information. See above - "Which Kind of Scan?" - for an
example.) OzCIS asks you to confirm this selection. If you confirm
it, OzCIS writes a file with the forum's name as its base name and
the extension .SLR ("single library request"), containing filename
and library-number information about one or more files to be
"abstracted." The abstract is retrieved during OzCIS' next trip into
the forum, after which the .SLR file is deleted.

The abstract, when retrieved this way, is stored in a file with a
".U" extension (example: DTPFORUM.U5, which would be created if you
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file is later merged into a long-format file for that library (if
you have such a file), then erased.

If you don't have a long scan file at all: If you are viewing a
short scan catalogue and ask for an abstract of a file now present
in a ".U" file, selecting "Abstract" here will display the detailed
information for the highlighted file.

DOWNLOAD (ALT-D or ENTER)

"Download" is the default if you press ENTER while viewing a short-
format list. The command opens an INPUT DOWNLOAD FILE INFO dialogue
at the bottom of the screen. These are its data fields:

CIS NAME. OzCIS will already have filled in the name of the file
highlighted by the cursor bar when you gave the "download" command.

LIBRARY. OzCIS will already have provided the number of the library
whose file catalogue you're now viewing.

LOCAL NAME. The cursor will be in this field. If you want OzCIS to
write a file to disk with a name different from CIS' name for the
file, enter the information here. You can include path information
if you like; if you type a path, you MUST also include a file name.
Entering nothing in this field tells OzCIS to store the file using
its present CIS name and store it in the forum's own subdirectory.

NOTE: No wildcards allowed in this field! Use of wildcards in the
file name will probably result in a CIS error message like
"Remote out of disk" during the attempt to download the file.

Press F10 to save the information about the file to be downloaded.
Pressing ESC closes the dialogue without saving the information.

When you confirm information in this dialogue, OzCIS writes a file
with the extension ".DL" into the forum's subdirectory (example:
DTPFORUM.DL). The files listed in the .DL file are downloaded during
either the next 1st pass or next 2nd pass to the forum, after which
OzCIS erases the .DL file.

Downloaded files are stored in the selected forum's directory if you
have not provided path information within the LOCAL NAME field of
the download-information dialogue.

VIEWDLS (ALT-V)

Allows you to review the list of files you've asked OzCIS to
download (the contents of the .DL file). If there is no such file,
you get only an error message. Otherwise, a window called "PENDING
DLS FOR [name of forum being viewed]" opens at the top of the
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ADD. Re-opens a blank "INPUT DOWNLOAD FILE INFO" dialogue, allowing
you to add a new name to the existing list of downloads.

DELETE. Removes the file now highlighted by the cursor bar in the
PENDING DLS dialogue. If there is only one file in the list and you
delete it, the .DL file itself is deleted.

EDIT. Opens the INPUT DOWNLOAD FILE INFO dialogue, discussed above
in the discussion of the "Download" menu.

HELP. Opens OzCIS' help window. Alternative: Press F1.

QUIT. Closes the "PENDING DLS" window and returns you to the short-
format file list.

ABSTRACT

Allows you to view detailed information (the "abstract") for the file
now highlighted by the cursor bar.

If there is a long-format catalogue (".L file) or an update (".U"
file) containing the abstract for this particular file, OzCIS opens
a full-screen window called ABSTRACT FOR FILE (followed by the name
of the file currently highlighted by the cursor bar). If there is
neither a long scan file nor update file available, OzCIS displays
an error message and returns you to the short-format catalogue
window. The window containing the abstract might not open right
away. There will be a delay if OzCIS needs to index the long-format
file, and/or if OzCIS needs to merge any library update-files into
the long-format file.

The display shows several kinds of information about the file. To
review (using the same example used earlier-on):

[12345,6789] Lib: 5

The UserID number of the person who uploaded the file, and the
library where the file is stored.

NEWDTP.ZIP/Bin Bytes: 28288, Count: 89, 22-May-91

The file's name, file type ("Bin" in this case - meaning "binary"),
size, number of times downloaded ("Count"), and the date the file
was uploaded. (File types will be explained in the section on
uploads.)

Title : Extensive comparison of DTP programs

The short title the uploader gave the file; this is the same
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Keywords: DTP MAC PC DOS REVIEWS PROGRAMS COMPARISON

Words the uploader (or sysops) provided to facilitate on- or off-
line searches for files.

Finally, there is an extended description for the file (which we
won't repeat right here).

You cannot edit any text in the abstract window. However, you can
highlight text using the block commands used in most of OzCIS'
editors; a block of text copied to the clipboard from this window
can be pasted into an editing-window later on.

Menu items when viewing the abstract-information:

NEXT (ALT-N; alternative: PG DN). Get abstract-information for the
next file in the list. If you are now viewing information stored in
an update file and that is the ONLY information in it, you will get
an error message, since there ISN'T any "next" file. Otherwise,
OzCIS gets an abstract for the next file in the list. (This is a
quick way to view a number of abstracts in a row without having to
return first to the short-format catalogue window.)

PREVIOUS (ALT-P; alternative: PG UP). View an abstract for the
previous file in the catalogue.

DOWNLOAD (ALT-D). Download the file whose abstract you're now
reading. This command brings up the INPUT DOWNLOAD FILE INFO
dialogue discussed above.

VIEWDLS (ALT-V). Review pending file downloads. Opens the PENDING
DLS window (see above).

EDITOR (ALT-E). Opens the General Editor. Any text you've copied
from an abstract to the clipboard can be pasted into the editor.

RETURN (ALT-R; alternative: ESC). Close the viewing window and
return to the short-format catalogue window.


VIEWING A LONG-FORMAT CATALOGUE

Select FORUMS > DOWNLOAD FILE(S) > LONG LISTINGS to open the LIBRARIES
window at the right of the screen. Pick a library for which you've
previously done a long scan (you'll get an error message if there is
no long-format file for the selected library).

OzCIS opens a window called LONG FORMAT SCAN OF [library name]. Its
file display and most of its menus are exactly like those of the
short-format catalogue window. The QUIT, HELP, EDITOR, EXTERNALS, and
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same. DOWNLOAD is shortened to DNLOAD to take up less space. There are
a few new commands:

LIBCH (ALT-L)

Change Library. This name is also shortened. Selecting LIBCH allows
you to switch to another library's long-format catalogue listing
(not to a library's short-format catalogue listing).

SORT (ALT-S)

Allows you to sort the display of files using one of three criteria:

NAME. This is the default sorting method: Sort alphabetically by
file name.

DATE. Sort by date, with the newest files at the top of the list.

UPLOADER. An ascending-order sort by UserID number of the people who
uploaded the files.

There is a short delay as the file listing is sorted; OzCIS re-
writes the index for the long-format file. If no index yet exists,
OzCIS will first build one.

ABSTRACT (ALT-A)

The window that opens when you request an abstract is virtually
identical to the one shown when you're viewing files in the short-
format-catalogue window. There is one difference:

Back in the old days (a few documentation files ago), you went
through OzCIS' general configuration. At that time you chose between
"Y" or "N" in answering the question: "Uploader in Abstracts?" If
you answered "Y," viewing an abstract from the long-format catalogue
window displays not just the uploader's UserID, but his or her name
as well - IF that UserID number is also in your own OzCIS Address
Book. The display looks like this:

[12345,6789] Lib: 5 Uploader: Melvina Cowznofski

Enabling this option increases the time it takes OzCIS to index the
long-format catalogue, especially if you have a large Address Book.

The menu commands available in the abstract-window are the same as
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KEYSRCH (ALT-K)

This means "keyword search" - allows you to search the library for
words in "keywords" lines. Pressing ALT-K opens a window with a
field into which you type the keyword. OzCIS temporarily turns on
capitalization (keywords are always in caps). Type the word, then
press ENTER. Another window opens in which you enter one (or both)
of two single-letter search flags: G for a global search - through
the entire list, or B to search backward through the list. When
OzCIS finds a file whose keyword line contains the searched-for
word, it positions the cursor bar onto that line in the window, then
displays the abstract for that file.

This abstract-window is different from others you've seen. Its top-
line menu contains only two commands:

NEXT SEARCH (ALT-N): Resume the search. The abstract-window closes
and the search continues in the long-format-catalogue window. If there
is another "find," the cursor bar jumps to the next file where
there is a match, and then its abstract-window opens.

Alternatives to ALT-N: You can use ^L for "resume search," either
when you're viewing the catalogue window or the abstract displayed
after a "find." When you're viewing the abstract, PG DN will also
execute the "resume search" command. Both ^L and PG DN will execute
"resume search" backward if you have set the "B" flag.

RETURN (ALT-R): Return to the long-format-catalogue window.


UPLOADING FILES TO A FORUM LIBRARY

Selecting FORUMS > UPLOAD FILE(S) opens a full-screen window titled
FORUM UPLOAD INFORMATION. As with other FORUMS menu items, this
selection is not accessible until you've picked a forum from the
AVAILABLE FORUMS window. The upload-dialogue's data fields are:

FILE NAME

Enter the name (including path information, if necessary) of the
file as it now exists on your system. Press F2 for a standard OzCIS
file pick-list for the current directory. If you use the pick-list
to select a file in some other directory or on another disk drive,
OzCIS inserts the full path information for the file into the FILE
NAME field.

Or type a file name containing wildcards and press ENTER (not F2) to
bring up a pick-list showing only files matching the name-criteria
you typed. (Pressing F2 alone is equivalent to typing "*.*" into the
FILE NAME field and then pressing ENTER.)




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If OzCIS cannot find the file whose name you've entered here, it
displays an error-alert the moment you move the cursor out of the
FILE NAME field.

Enter only ONE file name into this field.

CIS NAME

Files stored in libraries have "base" names of no more than 6
characters. Shorten the name to 6 characters, if necessary. (If you
don't, CIS will truncate the name on its own.) Do NOT include path
information of any kind in this field.

LIBRARY

If you know the number of the library where you want the file
stored, enter it here. Or press F2 for a pick-list of the forum's
libraries (if you have a .SEC file for this forum).

FILE TYPE

CIS libraries contain a number of different file types; your upload
must describe the "type" correctly. With the cursor in the FILE TYPE
field, toggle among the available "types" by pressing the space bar:

BINARY (the default) Archive files, like those created by PKZIP or
LHA on the PC, or Compact Pro on the Mac, are binary files. So are
executable programs or text files saved in a word-processor's
proprietary file format. Binary files are 8-bit data and are not to
be changed in any way. This kind of file can only be downloaded; it
cannot be viewed on-line.

ASCII A plain-text file, which can be viewed on-line via CIS'
"read" command. Files created by most text editors - PC-Write,
Qedit, and the like - are plain-text files. Those created by most
word processors (Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and so on) are not
plain-text files unless you save the files using the programs'
"save unformatted" options.

NOTE: Uploading a binary file but telling CIS it is "ASCII" will
trash the contents of the file, making it useless.

GIF This type should always be used for GIF (Graphics Interchange
Format) image files and ONLY for GIF files. A GIF image file can be
viewed on-line by OzCIS and other CIS navigation programs. If you
upload a GIF file as "Binary," it will not be viewable on-line even
if the file's extension is .GIF.

RLE Like GIF, but used for the older RLE graphics format. RLE has
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NAPLPS Like GIF and RLE, but for the old NAPLPS (North American
Line Print Standard) format. This format has extremely limited use
on CIS, but is supported here for compatibility. Used only for
NAPLPS files of the proper format.

IMAGE A special type used only by some non-PC-compatible computers
such as the small Commodores and Ataris. Most people will never use
this kind of file, but "Image" is also provided for compatibility.
Never select "Image" when you upload files to be used on either an
IBM-compatible or Macintosh computer.

KEYWORDS

These are words used in indexing and during a search for files
matching a specific class or category. They're the words used when
you give an on-line command like "BRO KEY: word". Keywords should be
typed as single words, each separated from the next by a single
space. You can type up to 10 keywords for each file. The maximum
number of characters in this whole field is 80; no one keyword can
be longer than 17 characters.

Once sent to CompuServe, keywords are fed thru a "Stoplist" filter
that removes common words such as "I", "AN", "OR", "MY", and so on.
Contractions or hyphenated words ("CAN'T", "VER-1" etc.) are
stripped of punctuation and treated as two separate words. Many
punctuation marks are disallowed altogether. OzCIS understands this
and strips the line for you, if necessary.

TITLE

A short description - 49 characters or less. The "title" is the one-
line description you see in an OzCIS short-format catalogue (or when
you give the command "dir" at a CIS library "!" prompt).

DESCRIPTION

A free-form description of the file, up to 549 characters long - the
information shown when you ask OzCIS to display a file's abstract
(the same information displayed on-line when you give a "browse"
command at a CIS library "!" prompt).

The editing area supports a part of the General Editor's command
set, including its cursor movement keys, block and clipboard
commands, commands for changing case and searching, and some others.
Experiment a bit here (there are no menus).

The status-line in the editing window shows how many characters
you've entered. If you reach the limit, OzCIS displays an error-
alert. After you reach the limit, you can't type any more past
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Before you put the cursor into the editing window, the UP and DOWN
keys move the cursor among data fields in the dialogue. Once the
cursor is in the editing window, use ESC to move it out of the
window into another field of the dialogue.

IMPORTANT: NEVER place control or "highbit" characters into file
titles, keywords, or descriptions.


When you're done entering file-upload information, press F10 to
confirm it and close the dialogue. Or press ESC to close the dialogue
without saving the information. OzCIS will not allow you to close the
dialogue and save the information until you've filled in all of the
data fields.

CAUTION: Pressing ESC will close the dialogue immediately - without any
query from OzCIS. Keep a light touch on the ESC key when you
use it to move the cursor out of the DESCRIPTION window!

Closing the dialogue and confirming the information creates a file (in
the forum's subdirectory) whose base name is the first 8 characters of
the forum's "GO" name and whose extension is .UL (like: DTPFORUM.UL).
If there is now an .UL file, OzCIS appends the new information to it.

OzCIS reads the contents of the .UL file and makes the uploads to the
forum at the end of a 1st or 2nd pass, then deletes the .UL file from
the forum's subdirectory.


REVIEWING OR ALTERING UPLOAD INFORMATION

This release of OzCIS does not have a VIEW UPLOADS menu similar
to the VIEW DOWNLOADS menu selection in a short- or long-format
catalogue window. But there is a way to review pending uploads and
change information within the .UL file.

Select FORUMS > CUSTOM SERVICES > EDIT ONLINE PROCESS FILE. An ONLINE
FILES window opens at the right of the screen. Select "Pending Uploads
(.UL)".

The General Editor immediately finds and opens the .UL file for the
selected forum. If there isn't any such file, OzCIS displays an error
message saying there are no pending uploads. Here is how the
information for a file upload appears in the .UL file:










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;6;ASCII;DTPREV.TXT;D:\TEXT\DTPREVUE.TXT
This text file contains a summary of various trade magazines' reviews
of a number of DTP programs for use under Windows and on the Mac.
Subjects covered include user interface features, typographic
features, graphics handling capabilities, trapping functions, system
requirements, and list prices.

*EOM*
DTP PROGRAMS DESCRIPTION REVIEW DOS MAC WINDOWS COMPARISON
Overview of current PC/Windows/Mac DTP programs

(The first-line indents, above, are used to make the information stand
out from other text here but are not present in the .UL file itself.)

If you edit this file, make very sure not to alter its overall format.
In particular, do not change the positions of semicolons in the first
line, nor delete or add any semicolons. The first line contains:

Library number (in this case, "6"); the file type ("ASCII"); the name
to be used on CIS ("DTPREV.TXT"); the file's name and path on your
system ("D;\TEXT\DTPREVUE.TXT"); and the extended description
(abstract) follows. If you must edit the abstract, be careful not to
increase its length past the maximum of 549 chraracters. An end-of-
message flag ("EOM") follows. Make sure to LEAVE IT ON A LINE BY
ITSELF.

There are two asterisks in the line containing "EOM," above. In
the .UL itself file there will not be asterisks, but rather two
"highbit" (box-drawing) characters required by OzCIS. (We have removed
the highbit characters from the documentation, figuring that some
people's dot-matrix or letter-quality printers cannot reproduce them.)
DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE THE HIGHBIT CHARACTERS.

If you accidentally delete one of them: The character to the immediate
left of "EOM" has the decimal value of 204; the character to the
immediate right of "EOM" has the decimal value of 185. Most text
editors - and OzCIS' General Editor as well - support the entry of
highbit characters via the ALT-plus-numeric-keypad method. I.e., ALT-
204 would print the highbit character placed to the left of "EOM".

The next line (text in all caps) contains the keywords. The final
line is the short description.

The next block of file information, if any, in an .UL file should be
separated from the previous block by a single blank line.

There is no quick "delete .UL file" option in this release of OzCIS.
If you want to delete an .UL file entirely, you must do so at the DOS
prompt.





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On the other hand, if you would rather not exit from OzCIS to kill all
pending uploads, use the General Editor to remove all of the lines in
the .UL file, leaving an empty .UL file on disk. OzCIS, finding
nothing in the file, will ignore it.

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  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
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  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: http://www.os2museum.com/wp/mtswslnk/