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The files included in the AT-FKEYS.ARC file are a collection of
Ventura Publisher files for creating a Function Key template
for any keyboard that has the Function Keys located in a
horizontal row across the top of the keyboard. This arrangement
is usually found on AT-class MS-DOS PC's, hence the name
The original setup was designed for an HP LaserJet Series II, and
takes that printer's non-printing page area into account.
The files included are:
The VP Template Files themselves
The Text File that is used by the template to fill in
the appropriate text (initially set = BLANK.TXT)
The Text Files that are set up to fill in the template
for certain popular software packages
BLANK.TXT - for a blank template
BRIEF.TXT - for a particular
customization of the
QFILER.TXT - for a popular shareware
WORD.TXT - for MicroSoft Word v4.0
WP.TXT - for WordPerfect v4.2
The standard width table file for an HP LaserJet Plus
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II. TRANSFERING THE FILES
These files were created to reside in the A: drive in the root
directory. To correctly copy them to another drive/directory:
1) SAVE your copy of OUTPUT.WID to another file name
to insure that it does not get overwritten.
2) Copy the *.TXT files on the A: drive to your target
drive and directory.
3) Enter Ventura, go to the FILES menu and do an OPEN
CHAPTER on the A:AT-FKEYS.CHP file. Then, go into the
OPTIONS menu and select MULTI-CHAPTER to transfer the
NOTE - This is the ONLY way you can transfer the template to
another drive/directory and have Ventura be able to use
the new copy.
III. SET UP
The AT-FKEYS template accesses a text file called KEYS.TXT for
filling in all of the variable text information. The text
files included in this package give you some examples of how
to set up your own text file.
Always create any new text file with a new file name!! Do NOT
use the name KEYS.TXT, as this is used as a RESERVED file name
by the AT-FKEYS template.
The REQUIRED structure of the text file is as follows:
1) The order of the text MUST be:
for each F-key in order from F1 through F10.
Specifically, the text order is:
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III. SET UP (continued)
2) There are ALWAYS two text lines for each entry,
terminated by the string (denoting a soft
carriage return to VP). For example, the
WordPerfect template text (from WP.TXT) for the F1
and F2 keys is:
Please note that the is REQUIRED on every line,
even when that line has no additional text. It is
used as a place holder to insure that later text is
aligned in its proper place on the key template.
3) The LAST line of the key definitions (ie, the
second text line for unmodified ) does NOT end
in , but in a regular carriage return followed
by a blank line.
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III. SET UP (continued)
4) Finally, the last two lines of the file should be:
@ TEMPLATE NAME = n1
where n1 and n2 are two strings noting the name of
the software package which will use this key
template. Looking once more at the WordPerfect
example file, the end of the file (including all
F10 key functions) is:
@TEMPLATE NAME = WORD
Please note the "extra" blank line at the end of
the F10 key definitions. This is necessary because
the second line of the F10 key is unused, but it
still must be there as a place holder.
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Once you have created your own text file for your favorite
software, proceed now to use it to print the template.
1) At the DOS prompt, copy your new file into the
reserved file name that the template uses.
COPY yourfile.TXT KEYS.TXT
2) Enter Ventura, and do an OPEN FILE on the
AT-FKEYS.CHP file. The template will AUTOMATICALLY
open up the new KEYS.TXT file and layout the text
3) If the text strings do not line up properly, edit
the text while you are inside Ventura as needed.
MAKE SURE that you use (and NOT just
a plain ) if you need to add lines to align
the strings. You may also need to abreviate some
4) The template name string(s) should appear in the
shaded box in the upper right-hand corner of the
template. If not, you may have to exit Ventura to
edit the name strings. (You MIGHT not be able to
get them to appear in Ventura if they are too long
to fit in the frame.)
5) Once the text is correct, print the file.
6) If you had to make any corrections to your original
text file, make sure you copy them back to the
original file name to preserve them for future use.
COPY KEYS.TXT yourfile.TXT
7) Following the directions on the template itself, use
a sharp knife or scissors to cut out all shaded areas
marked "Cut". The shaded area with the template name
should NOT be cut out.
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V. ENJOY !!
This template and associated files is released as Freeware.
The material is Copyright (c) 1988 by Mark Ostroff and I
retain all rights to these files. You may distribute these
files as widely as you wish as long as you adher to the
1) ALL files included here are to be distributed AS A
COMPLETE PACKAGE, including this documentation file
and copyright notice.
2) ANY and ALL modifications to the original files
will be duely noted and documented with name and
address of author, mod date and mod description.
3) NO charge can be made for these files, except for a
NOMINAL duplication charge to cover the cost of the
If you have ANY questions at all, write to me or call me M-F
between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time.
UNISYS Corp., Dept 3217
12010 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Va. 22091