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PrintIt!
Version 6.1
===========

PURPOSE
=======

The purpose of this program is to allow you to print ASCII text files
WITHOUT printing over the perfs on fanfold paper. In normal mode,
10 cpi (characters per inch), PrintIt! should work with any IBM, Epson,
or compatible printer. In mashed mode, your printer must support the
Epson or Toshiba command set to print correctly.
If you have an Epson, Toshiba or compatible printer, you can also use the
built-in mode setting utility for elite and condensed modes. PrintIt!
also allows you to control the output size of tabs and to print
documents with a left margin pad to make room for a three hole punch.
The overall purpose being to give you as much control as possible how
your text files are printed instead of just using the PRINT or COPY
commands of DOS.

PrintIt! will print any ASCII text file including those with extended
ASCII characters (borders and such) or files which already have page
breaks in them. These include any file ending with .TXT, .DOC, and other
text files. Printit! can detect a binary file and will refuse to print
it, although it can be fooled by the occasional odd binary file that has
a large ASCII header. You won't run into very many of these though.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
===================

PrintIt! is compatible with any video mode, unless you have an (ugh!)
ancient CGA card from an even older dual monitor system that is incapable
of a standard 80 x 25 text display. Newer CGA cards should not be a
problem. PrintIt! requires about 160K of free RAM to operate in using
DOS 2.0 or higher. If you have a laser printer which formats text files
in 65 or more lines per page, then PrintIt! should work with your printer.


SHAREWARE NOTICE
================

This program is ShareWare, which means for a trial period of 30 days
you may use this program free of charge to see if it suits your needs.
If after that time you continue to use PrintIt!, you are obligated
to register. For a fee of $15 you will be listed as a registered user
and you will receive the most recent registered version of PrintIt!.
Please use the enclosed order form.

Registered users will receive a complete version which skips the opening
screen and allows you to print up to 9 files consecutively. The registered
version also allows you to access drives A: through F: from the command
line and provides the ability to change to any drive from within the
program. Files in the registered version can be stacked from any
legal drive. The stack may also be modified before and during printing.

To register send $15 (U.S. currency) to:

Kurt Lang
5869 Meadowview Drive
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

You may copy this program freely among anyone you want to give this
program to as long as no fee is charged for copying, with the exception
of recouping costs of your disks only; and the contents of this .ZIP file
remain the way you originally received them!

Files in PRNTIT61.ZIP should be:

PT6.EXE (the program itself)
PRINTIT.DOC (what you are reading now)
HISTORY.DOC (text file of improvements to PrintIt!)
ORDER.FRM (form to order a registered copy)

For ShareWare vendors, permission is hereby given to include PrintIt!
in your catalogue of programs as long as a fee of not more than three
dollars is charged and the documents for this program remain intact.
Removal of this ShareWare notice is not allowed under any circumstances.


LIABILITY
=========

No warranty or guarantee is offered with this program and the author
assumes no liability for anything that may happen while you are using this
program. Every attempt has been made to see that this program performs
as expected.


Using PrintIt!
==============
STARTUP
=======

First of all, set the paper in your printer (I am assuming in this case
that you are using fanfold paper) so that the top of the sheet is no
higher than the top of the print head. PrintIt! doesn't waste very
much paper and will run over the perfs if there is a about a half inch
or more paper beyond the print head.

At the DOS prompt type:

PT6

PrintIt! will first attempt to determine what type of video card you
have installed in your system and come up in color or mono mode
accordingly. If you have a mono card and the program (gasp!) fails to
correctly identify it, it will attempt to display in color and you will
be presented with a pretty much unreadable screen. If this happens,
give the program about 5 seconds to finish the introduction and press
Esc twice to return to the DOS prompt. At the prompt type instead:

PT6 M

This will force the program to run in mono mode.

OTHER COMMAND LINE OPTIONS
==========================

Both versions:

You can enter up to three options when starting PrintIt!, two in the
ShareWare version. Common options are:

M Forces monochrome mode.


S Suspends use of printer codes if your printer is not an Epson, Toshiba
or compatible. Using this option disables the printer setting utility,
and the ability to mash text is not available. The program will send
only straight ASCII code to your printer (as long as you don't use the
mode setting utility). How the file prints (condensed, elite, etc.)
depends solely on how you set your printer beforehand. If you are
controlling the printer you must use this setting to let PrintIt!
know NOT to keep track of the line length in the file you are printing,
or you will end up with form feeds being sent prematurely if there are
lines that exceed 80 characters.
You must use this option if you stack files and do not have an Epson,
Toshiba or compatible printer since it will then always try to send
printer codes before and after each file. Some experimentation may
be necessary for use with a laser printer that supports the Epson
command set.

T This tells the program to use Toshiba codes and automatically
overrides Epson codes. When using this option, leave the printer
in the Toshiba mode. That is, don't set it to IBM Pro-Printer or
Epson emulation.

All combinations of the above codes can also be used. Examples:

PT6 (starts normally, Epson codes enabled)
PT6 T (starts normally, Toshiba codes enabled)
PT6 M S (forces mono display, printer codes disabled)
PT6 T M (forces mono display, Toshiba codes enabled)

Characters can be upper or lower case. Command line options can be
entered in any order. If you always use the same options, you can
simplify the procedure by writing a short batch file to start the program.
You don't even need a text editor to do it. As an example, let's create a
new file called PT.BAT, or whatever name you want to give it (as long as
it ends in .BAT). At the DOS prompt type:

COPY CON PT.BAT

The cursor will move to the next line on the screen and just sit there.
DOS is now waiting for you to type something. Only one line is needed.

PT6 T M

Now press Ctrl-Z (hold down the Ctrl key and press Z). You will see ^Z on
the screen. This tells DOS that you are done entering text for this file.
Press to exit and save the file. PT.BAT will be then written to
your disk. Run the batch file by typing:

PT

In this case when PT.BAT is run, PrintIt! will always start in mono
mode with Toshiba codes enabled. Nice if you are always going to use
PrintIt! this way and don't have to worry about misspelling or forgetting
to enter your options. You can also rename PT6.EXE to any name you want
as long as it ends in .EXE.

Registered version:

You can add the drive to be read along with the options stated above.
Examples:

PT6 B (reads drive B: at start of program, Epson codes enabled)
PT6 D M S (reads drive D:, mono display, printer codes disabled)
PT6 T A (reads drive A:, Toshiba codes enabled)

Notes on command line options:

Conflicting options are handled as follows. If you enter both the T
and S options, it doesn't matter which you enter first; printer codes
will always be disabled. In the registered version, if you enter
PT6 A B C for example, the last drive entered will be the drive read;
in this case calls to drive A: and B: will be ignored, and drive C: will
be read. If you enter something on the command line that is not a valid
option it will simply be ignored.

In a few areas of the program you may be asked to "Press any key." This
means any character key. Ctrl, Alt, and Shift don't count.

THE FILE MENU
=============

You will first be presented with an opening screen which is mostly,
I admit, just for looks. After a few seconds a file window will
appear along with the rest of the work screen. You can move freely
about the drive you are logged onto to select a file. You may also
use a mouse if you have one. Pressing the left button selects the
file or directory, pressing the right button is the same as pressing
Esc and will drop back one screen. Your only restriction in the
ShareWare version is that you cannot change drives. If you want to
print a file on another drive, press Esc to get out of the program, log
onto that drive, and restart the program.

Both versions:

If you have a large number of files displayed in the file box but only
want to see certain files, press escape or the right mouse button. This
will take you back to a new menu. You will be asked to press M to enter
a new file mask or Esc to exit the program. If you press M, you will be
presented with a small field with "*." and a cursor displayed. Here you
can enter any extension to the front wildcard and any matching files will
be displayed in the file box. So if you type DOC only files
ending in DOC will be displayed, making it easier to pick them out.
All characters which are illegal to use in a DOS name are blocked out
and the program will beep if you press one. You can use the * character
though. If you type S* , all files whose extension starts with
S will be displayed. Once a * has been entered you can only back up to
change or add any characters since DOS ignores anything after the asterisk.
Therefore, extensions like A*D are blocked since it won't work anyway. If
you decide you didn't really want to change the mask, you can press Esc
and the file box will return the way it was before. No matter what you
use for an extension directories will always be displayed so you don't
loose track of where you are on the drive.

For the ShareWare version, the file mask/exit prompt will appear when you
press Esc or the right mouse button, or if the disk you are reading has
no files. This will really only happen if you log onto the A: or B: drive
that has a blank disk in it, and start the program without looking to see
if there are any files.

Registered version:

Two other choices appear when you press Esc from the file box; you can
press enter to read the same drive, or press D to change to a new drive.
If you press D, you will then be asked to press a key A..Z to select the
corresponding drive. You will get the first prompt when:

1) you call it yourself by pressing Esc at the file box;
2) if the drive you pick doesn't exist;
3) if in the case of a floppy drive there is no disk in the drive;
4) if the drive being read has no files (includes unformatted disks,
or disks that are not in DOS format).


SELECTING FILES
===============

To select a file simply highlight the file you want to print and press
or click the left mouse button to load it. After selecting a
file PrintIt! will first search the file to see whether or not it is
a binary file. If it is, you will be sent back to the file window to
try again. For those unfamiliar with DOS, the ".." stands for the
parent directory, that is, there is another directory below the one being
currently listed. Select this to move down to the next directory and
so-on to move around the drive. Pressing the space bar while the file
window is active will toggle between showing just file and directory
names and full directory listings. If you wish to exit the program,
press Esc or the right mouse button, and press Esc again. The maximum
number of characters allowed in a file name (drive designation plus the
path plus the actual name of the file) is 65. If the file you pick is
longer than this you will get an error message and returned to the file
box after pressing a key to clear the error. Besides, (in my opinion)
if you get an error with that long of a string to work with, then you've
got too many sub-directories on your disk.

Besides the permanent menu at the bottom of the screen there is a
message box in the lower right hand corner. Even if you haven't
read the document, (in which case you didn't read this either) this
window will prompt you for everything you can do next.

PrintIt! can handle lines of up to 250 characters in length so you can
print in condensed mode for wide files or in regular mode if you have a
wide-carriage printer. If your printer is set for the default startup
mode of 80 columns, lines longer than 80 characters will simply wrap
to the next line. Any characters beyond 250 in length in a line will
not be printed. The exception to this is if you are mashing the text,
then any file that has more than 78 characters in a line cannot be printed
this way and the "N/A" (not available) tag will appear in its' field.

After choosing a file PrintIt! will scan the file for page breaks. If
there are any, the page number prompt will show "N/A" and the option to
print the file with page numbers will not be available. The exception
to this is a file where the only page break is the last character in the
file. When PrintIt! has finished examining the file to print you will
be shown which is the longest line in the file and the length of the line
in characters. This is the first occurrence of the longest line and does
not mean that there are no other lines that are of equal length. With
this information you can get an idea of how big a pad you can use or if
you need to set your printer in elite or condensed mode without having to
examine the whole file first before printing.


THE PRINT MODE SETTING UTILITY
==============================

NOTE: When the printer codes are enabled PrintIt! keeps track of the
length of a line plus its pad (if any) to keep a file from printing
across the perfs; especially if a large number of lines wrap to the next
line on a page. If you are using a wide carriage printer and want it to
print long lines of text in normal 10 cpi mode across the paper, then you
must use the S option. Besides letting PrintIt! know that you do not
have a printer compatible with the printer codes it uses, it also tells
the program that you are controlling the printer settings and print width
and will not keep track of line length.

There was a problem, unknown to me until recently that not all printers
respond the same to the printer ready check used in this utility. I tried
it on my friend's Panasonic printer, and it always returned a "not ready"
error when it really was on-line and ready. Unfortunately, the
powers-that-be in the world of printers decided that not all printers
should respond to interrupt 17 of DOS in the same manner, thus making it
impossible for this program to handle all printers properly. In my
friend's case the printer was indeed being set to the mode selected, it
just wasn't sending back the codes I was looking for. So, if you know your
printer is on-line, ignore the error message and just press zero to exit.
Pressing zero sends nothing to the printer so if you set it for elite, it
will stay that way. Zeros are also not recorded by the program so if you
are stacking files, any other mode you select is saved in the parameters
for the current file. I can't assume that users will always be stacking
files, so the check is necessary if you are only printing a single file.
The reason being that unlike text that remains in the buffer if the
printer is off-line printer codes tend to get lost, so the check of the
printers status is more strict.

Once you have selected a file you will be at the tab prompt. If you have
not disabled the printer modes, you can press S at either the tab, pad,
mash, or page number prompts. This will cause a second window to pop
onto the screen. Here you can set your printer to the mode you want by
selecting the appropriate number.

Choices in this window are:

1. 12 cpi NLQ (elite) Near Letter Quality mode, with which you can print
96 normal size characters across the page. This is the one you will
probably use the most. The benefit being that even a file that was
written out to the full 80 character width can be printed on one line
with a left margin pad. This allows you to still make room for a
three hole punch without lines wrapping or being printed in condensed
mode. Elite is as nicely readable as the normal 10 cpi print but
gives you more room per line.

2. 12 cpi draft. Same as above in draft mode.

3. Condensed. Which is good for those really wide text files. You get
137 characters across the page in this mode.

4. Reset NLQ. Resets your printer to 10 cpi in Near Letter Quality mode.
The same codes are used for letter quality printers.

5. Reset draft. 10 cpi in draft mode.

0. Exit. Self explanatory.


TAB SIZE
========

After selecting a printable file the first prompt will give you the
opportunity to control the size of tabs. I added this as a "just
because" type thing after trying a couple of text editors that allow
you to adjust the display size of tabs, but can't print the files
you create in the editor. Say you set the tabs in the editor for 5
character spaces, but when you print the file they end up being printed
with their normal ASCII size of 8 character spaces. Being able to
control the size of your tabs with PrintIt! allows you to print
out documents that match what you did on the screen. Tabs sizes
allowed are in the range of 1 to 9 with 8 being the default choice.
Type in the appropriate number or hit the enter key for the 8 space
tab default. Pressing the space bar will back you up to the filename
window. Pressing the Esc key will exit the program.

Once the file has been examined by the program, you can press the F1
key to print the file using the default choices displayed by each prompt.
Or, move ahead to each prompt you want to change by pressing and
enter your changes. You can print the file at any prompt (except the
file selection window) by pressing F1. You can also exit the program at
any prompt by pressing Esc.

New to PrintIt! version 6.0 is the capability to press the F4 key to put
the file on the stack. You can stack up to two files in the ShareWare
version. When you press F4, all parameters of the current file are saved
including whether it is printing condensed, elite, draft or whatever.
You will then be returned to the file box to select the next file.
The registered version allows you to stack up to nine files to print
consecutively. In either version, after the first file has been put on
the stack, you can press F1 for any other file and a new window will
appear showing all files in the queue and their parameters. More on that
later. You don't have to keep count of the files you've stacked in either
version; once the stack has been maxed-out the queue window will appear.
Pressing F1 lets the program know that you are adding the last file and
want to print everything in the stack.


PAD SIZE
========

If you continue through the tab prompt, Printit! will then ask you
for a number (1-9) to pad the left margin. The 0 indicates the default
of no pad and can be selected by pressing . This is so you can
make room for a three hole punch without putting holes through your text.
Just make sure that the lines in the file you are printing, plus the pad
you enter, doesn't exceed 80 for 10cpi, 96 for elite (12cpi), and 137 for
condensed, or part of the line will end up being printed on the next line
with no pad. At the prompt for the pad margin you may press the space bar
and the program will back-up to the previous prompt. You may also press
Esc and the program will terminate.

Note: if you are printing in elite or condensed mode you will need to use
a bigger pad to get the equivalent size than if the file were printed in
10cpi mode. That is, a pad of 4 in 10cpi would be a pad of about 6 in
12cpi and 8 or 9 in condensed. So if you have the character space to use,
don't be afraid to use a bigger pad when printing in a mode that uses
smaller characters.


MASHED TEXT
===========

NOTE: If your printer does not support the Epson or Toshiba command set,
you will NOT be able to use the mash option.

If the file you are printing does not exceed 78 characters in a given
line, you will have the option of printing the file out with mashed text.
The file will print in two, full columns of 78 characters per page in
small condensed type with a vertical bar in between so you can tell the
rows apart. If there are page breaks in the file, they will be replaced
with horizontal bars to make it easy to spot separate pages. If you do
press "Y" to print mashed, be aware that this overrides all other options
except tabs. The left pad will be set to 0, and the page number option
is unavailable. Page numbers aren't needed here anyway because the column
number is printed at the top of each page. Before starting to print in
this mode if the file has any form feed characters in it, or if you
selected a tab size other than 8, PrintIt! will create a temporary work
file on your disk named "PT6DOC.TMP" to strip out form feed characters or
change the tab sizes before printing. If you already have a file by that
name in the current directory, you must move or rename it or it will be
over-written by the program. When a temporary file is made it is built
by default on the drive and in the directory the program was started
from. With this option you will get about 3 1/2 pages of normal text onto
one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. If a temporary file has been made,
PrintIt! will delete it for you after printing that file.

When creating the temporary file, two things can go wrong: either the
disk that the temp file is going to be built on doesn't have enough room,
or the disk becomes full during the translation. When creating a temp
file, PrintIt! first looks to see if the free space on the default disk
has the same amount of room as the original file plus 10,000 extra bytes
for head room. If there is not enough space on the current drive to
translate, an error message saying so will be displayed and you will be
asked if you want to create the temp file on another drive. In the case
of printing a single file, if you answer no, you will be returned to the
file window. If you have stacked files, then this file will be skipped
and the program will proceed onto the next file if any. If the space
exists, PrintIt! will proceed to translate the file. When translating a
large text file there may not be enough room, so if the disk becomes full,
the error message "No more space on disk! Press any key." will be
displayed. Again you will then again be asked if you want to create the
temp file on another drive. Answering yes for either instance will bring
up another prompt asking you to press a key A through F or Esc to abort
the translation. After selecting the drive of your choice, PrintIt! will
attempt to create the temp file in the root directory of the drive you
have specified. Error messages here are "drive not ready" for floppy
drives or "drive does not exist" for the obvious. "Press any key."
follows either prompt. The prompt for a new drive will then be repeated.

In short, the steps are:

1. Checks for space on current drive. If there is not enough space on
disk for the temp file, you are asked if you want to create the
temp file on another drive. Y to proceed, N to skip.

2. Asks you to press a key A through F for the corresponding drive or
Esc to skip.

3. If a key A..F was pressed, the program checks to see if the drive
exists. If it does, it checks to see if there is room on that drive.
If there is not enough room step 2 is repeated.

4. If there is room on the drive selected, the program starts to
translate the file. If disk runs out of space during translation,
an error message is displayed and step 2 is repeated.

This cycle of questions and checks will repeat until either the temp is
successfully created or the user gives up.


PAGE NUMBERS
============

If this option is available, PrintIt! will ask you if you want page
numbers printed at the bottom of each page. "Yes" is the default choice
and you can print page numbers simply by pressing F1 (or F4 to stack).
Again, you can press the space bar and PrintIt! will back-up to the
previous prompt. Press "N" for no page numbers. If you decide not to
print any files, you can press Esc to terminate the program.


THE STACK
=========

Both versions:

When you press F1 and there is more than one file to print, or you press
F4 and the stack has been maxed-out, a new window will appear. The
window will show the stack with the names of each file (without the path)
and their parameters. Parameters are file name, tab size, pad size, mash
choice, page number choice, and style. The Style entry requires a little
bit of explaining. If you have used the mode setting utility, then the
style column will show whether the file is printing 12cpi, 12cpiDraft,
condensed or whatever you had chosen. If you did not enter anything, the
entry will say "Default". This means two different things:

1. If you have printer codes enabled, then the file will be printed
in the style your printer is set to when you first turn it on (the
default mode).

2. If you have disabled printer codes, then the file will printed in
whatever mode you have set your printer to.


You are asked if you want to proceed to print the files in the stack.
The default answer is yes and can be selected by pressing . If
you answer "no" the program will exit to DOS. While printing files in
the stack the name of the file currently being printed will be displayed
in the file name field.


Registered version:

Before the question to print the files is asked you will first get the
opportunity to modify the stack. The default answer is no and if you
accept it, you will be asked if you want to proceed printing the stack.
If you press Y, then a list of options will appear at the top of the
window. They are switch, delete, reinstate, exit. If you press
S (switch), you will be asked for the first file. Press a key from
1 to the last file. That is, if there are 6 files on the stack,
pressing keys 7..9 will do nothing. After selecting the first file
you will be asked for the file to switch with. The key you pressed
first will be blocked out since you can't switch a file with itself.
To delete a file press D. Enter the number of the file you want to
delete from the stack. To reinstate an entry press R and enter the
number of the deleted file. Using delete on a deleted file, or reinstate
on a file that is not deleted, does nothing.

After each modification the stack will be re-displayed to show the
current status of the stack. Each color has a meaning. They are:

Color display:
File to print --------------------- White text
Deleted file ---------------------- Red text
Printed or currently printing ----- Blue text

Mono display:
File to print --------------------- Light gray text
Deleted file ---------------------- Reverse video (black on light gray)
Printed or currently printing ----- White text

When you are finished modifying the stack press E to exit. Answer yes
or no to the question whether you want to print the stack.

During printing, besides the Esc key you can press the space bar to
re-display and modify the stack. During this time printing is suspended
and will resume when the stack is exited. The file currently being
printed, and completed files cannot be modified. If the last file is
already being printed, the message, "No modifications allowed. Press any
key." will be displayed. After pressing a key PrintIt! will resume
printing the last file. After entering your modifications press E to
exit and the program will resume printing the active file. It is not
necessary to switch deleted files with files that you do want to print
so all deleted files are at the bottom of the stack. When a deleted
file is encountered it will be skipped over and marked as done.


PRINTING
========

When you press F1 and there is only one file to print, PrintIt! will
display a status bar and start sending to the printer. The status bar is
divided into 5% increments with a different marker for each 25% of the bar.

Once under way if you should happen to turn the printer off, PrintIt! will
detect this and terminate. Since some of the file you are printing has
already been sent to the printers' buffer, that portion will be lost (as
far as the printer is concerned) and there is no point in waiting for the
printer to come back on-line since the entire document cannot be printed.
You will also loose the rest of the stack, if any. If you switch the
printer off-line, PrintIt! will simply wait for you to put it back on-line.
While printing you may press Esc at any time to stop the printing. If
you are printing more than one file and the file being printed is not
the last file in the stack, you will first be asked if you want to quit
printing the current file. The default answer is "Yes" and is selected
by pressing Y or Enter. Press N to continue printing the file. If you
answer yes, you will be asked if you want to exit to DOS. If you answer
no then the program will continue on to the next file in the stack.

If you are printing a single file or the file being printed is the last
file in the stack, you will only be asked if you want to exit to DOS.
Press Y to exit, N to continue printing the document.

Note: Even if you answer yes to exit to DOS, your printer will probably
not stop immediately. It will continue to print what has already been
sent until its' buffer is empty. For any file you halt, PrintIt! sends
a form feed as the last character of that file. This advances the paper
to the top of the next page so your printer doesn't stop in the middle of
a sheet.

When all files have been printed the ShareWare version just asks you
to press a key to exit. The registered version gives you the choice of
pressing M (more) to initialize the stack and start over with a new
set of files, or Esc to exit.


MISCELLANEOUS
=============

PrintIt! can be called from any directory you are in as long as you
have the program in a directory which is in your path (see your DOS
manual if you don't understand paths, or ask somebody who knows). With
the ShareWare version, to print a file on another drive you will
have to log onto that drive first. The registered version can
access drives A: to F: from the DOS command line and any drive from
from within the program.

Before printing it's a good idea to look through a file with some kind
of simple text editor or viewer to get an idea of how it was written.
I have come across files which contained no page breaks, but the person
who wrote it added blank lines to space it out so it would skip the
perfs by printing it as is. Using PrintIt! on such a file will cause
it to "spread" out. There is no way to write a program to be so
selective to recognize this, so get into the habit of skimming
through files you are going to print. I will say also here that this
is not the norm. You will find very few files written this way.

When printing a file that includes extended ASCII characters, do you get
rows of italic characters where there should be borders that you see in
some files, and other non-standard characters? This is possibly because
your printer is not configured to print these characters which are part
of the numbers 128 to 254 of the extended ASCII tables. With some old
printers there is nothing you can do about it (for text files) since
these characters weren't supported at the time. But for newer printers
this can usually be corrected by flipping a DIP switch on your printer.
On the Epson LQ-510 (there is an Apex brand of the LQ-500 24 pin printer
that is basically the same thing) this switch is block 1 switch 7. The
Epson LX-800 and the Apex 80 are also the same printer. The switch for
these printers I believe is different.

For any printer you try this with, look in your manual for DIP switch
settings (or default switch settings) and find which switch controls the
character table. It is usually marked as graphics/italics with one being
on and the other off. Changing the switch to graphics does NOT mean that
your printer won't print italic characters anymore; it just tells the
printer to print the actual extended ASCII character when one is received
instead of replacing it with an italic character.

TURN YOUR PRINTER OFF BEFORE CHANGING ANY SWITCHES!!! Partly to avoid
causing any damage to your printer by changing things with the power on,
and partly because any hardware configuration changes you make do not
take effect until the printer is turned on. Changing switches with the
power on will have no effect.

If you want a hard copy of this document, now is the perfect time to
try PrintIt!. In normal 10 cpi mode you can use a pad of 5 or less on
this file to move the text to the right.


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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/