Category : Word Processors
Archive   : DRS11.ZIP
Filename : SETUP.DOC

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You may use any ASCII editor to create the index file for DRS.
Most word processors support creating an ASCII file; if your's
does not, you may use the DOS command EDLIN (see your DOS
manual) or the DOS command COPY CON: FILENAME (see your DOS


The index file has three types of lines. The first type of
line is the TITLE line. It's format is the word TITLE (in
uppercase) followed by a vertical bar, followed by the text you
wish to show for a title. The word TITLE is optional. For
example these two lines would be displayed the same:

TITLE|Disk Management Reports
|Disk Management Reports

When you place a TITLE line in the index file, DRS will show
the description on the menu brighter than the other lines.
This is useful for categorizing the files and showing a title
for each category.


The second type of line is the filename line. It's format is
a valid DOS filename, followed by any VIEW parameters, (VIEW
parameters are discussed below) followed by a vertical bar,
followed by a description of the file. When you place this
line in the index file, DRS will show the description only to
the user. When the user places the cursor bar on the
description and presses return, the file will be displayed
using the VIEW command. Here is an example of a filename

R:\REPORTS\DISK-RPT.ASC /I=1/P=HP/Q|Disk Usage Report

The VIEW parameters are any slash options between the filename
and the vertical bar. (ie: /I=1/P=HP/Q are the parameters for
the above example). VIEW parameters are used to modify the way
a file is displayed on the screen. They are especially useful
for displaying reports in a formatted way on the display. All
the parameters are optional, but worth exploring. This is
where the real power of the DRS is shown.


Ignore n lines at the top of a file. This parameter is useful
to tell VIEW to ignore any printer codes that may be at the
beginning of the file. The number represents the number of
lines to ignore. If you need to ignore a specific number of
bytes, use /IB instead. The default is /I=0.


Ingore n bytes at the top of a file. See /I above.


Format file with n lines per page. This option declares the
number of lines per page in the file so that VIEW can do such
things as freeze headers and footers for reports. If your
file is not page oriented, ignore this option. The default is


Format file with n header lines. If your file is page
oriented, you will probably have some information in the
header area of each page. Since the file is probably
oriented for a printer page rather than a display page,
this header information would not always be displayed while
viewing the body of a page. It can be very distracting
to scroll up to look at the column headers and then back
down to view the information in the middle of the page.
VIEW addresses this by allowing you to declare the
number of header lines with this option. These lines can
then be shown frozen in place at the top of the screen
with the /SH option. The default is /H=0.


Format file with n footer lines. See /H above.


Format file with n lines per record. Some files (especially
reports) have multiple lines for each item. It is helpful
on these files to have the cursor bar highlighting the entire
item rather than just one line of the item. The default is


Show headers. After you have declared your headers with /H,
you can elect to show some or all of them with this option.
If you want to show all of them, simply use /SH without any
options. If you only want to show some the the lines in the
header area, use /SH=n,n... where n is each line you wish to
show. The default is to not show any header lines.


Show footers. See /SH.


Show record lines. See /SH.


Format printed output for a specific printer. VIEW supports
the Hewlett Package Laserjet printers (use /P=HP), the Epson
dot matrix printers (use /P=EPSON), or any printer that has
a wide enough carriage to print the files you are using (use
/P=GENERIC). The default is /P=GENERIC.


Quiet mode. This keeps VIEW from printing error messages to
the display.


Freeze header lines. This option is only useful if you have
already declared headers with /H, shown headers with /SH and
have frozen a column with /CL. Without /FH, all the header
lines will scroll sideways as the body does. With /FH you
can tell VIEW to freeze the column heading lines that contain
information about the frozen column. /FH without any options
will freeze all shown header lines. The default is not to
freeze any lines.


Freeze footer lines. See /FH above.


Format report with column locations. This option tells VIEW
to ignore the first i characters, freeze the next m characters,
and have column locations at each t. This parameter must be
specified last. The default is /CL=0,0,10,20,30...


No store option. This parameter tells VIEW to disable the
user's option to store a section of the file in another file.


No print option. This parameter tells VIEW to display the
user's option to print a section of the file.


The last type of line is the END line. This line simply
consists of the word END. Any lines that follow the END line
will be ignored. If no END line exists in the index file,
all lines of the index file will be read.


You may choose any filename you wish for the index file
itself. To tell DRS to use your index file, simply type DRS
followed by the name of the index file. ie:


If you do not type a filename after DRS, the Document Review
system will use the index file named DRS.DRS. This file is
sent out with the index information for the DRS documentation


DRS also has two other command line options: /L= and /N=.
If you wish you can keep a log file of how people use the DRS.
Use /L= to specify a logfile and /N= to specify a login name.
Here is a sample line to bring up DRS from a batch file:


The logfile must already exist in order to be used. To create
an empty logfile type the following:


The minimum access rights to set on the directory that holds
the logfile is RWOS (NOVELL Networks).

In each person's login script (or the system login script)
place the line: (NOVELL Networks)



  3 Responses to “Category : Word Processors
Archive   : DRS11.ZIP
Filename : SETUP.DOC

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