Contents of the READ.ME file
cF1 R READ.ME
cF2 Unsave "The Editing Keypads"(tm) v3:89
& exit. (1,234 Macros for use with PC-Write v3.0+)
Copyright l988,1989 David M. Brender All rights reserved.
(Make a working copy of this disk and a back-up copy.)
(Then read this file first; later see the others.)
*** TABLE OF CONTENTS *** of Read.Me
1: Brief Orientation
2: Quick Start Procedure.
Example: Phrase keypad.
4: Sampling - Some Individual Macros.
Macros to eliminate nuisance keying.
Some other handy macros.
New facilities via macros.
Macros for easier keying.
5: Try It.
We begin first with a brief orientation to this macro package, then tell you
how to quickly start and use these macros, and how to access the macro help
screens. Following that is the Introduction, which is a slower paced more
comprehensive orientation to the Editing Keypads(tm) concepts.
1:- BRIEF ORIENTATION
Macros speed up your editing, increase your efficiency, eliminate errors
associated with repetition, and in general are a wonderful convenience.
This disk provides an organized collection of macros, which can be used
individually or interactively, to augment PC-Write. PC-Write itself is
unchanged. The basic idea here, which is quite simple, is to designate a
variety of new access keys, with each access key reaching a keypad of new
macros. This provides a quick two key sequence for starting and running a
host of spatially oriented macros. uses 8 access keys, to reach 30
new keypads, and 1,234 macros.
"The Editing KeyPads"(tm) is also referred to as and as the
EditPads(tm). MacroSet(tm) refers to a group of closely related macros.
The files on this disk include text files (Help & Documentation) and macro
files. All the files are extended ASCII files, which can be viewed and
read by any means you wish on a PC, with or without PC-Write. However, to use
the macros on this disk, you MUST have PC-Write v3.0+, and have attached these
macros as described below. (An earlier version of is available for
users of PC-Write v2.70 & 2.71)
There are lots of macros here. Select a few favorites and enjoy them.
You will soon see from the documentation that the macros are organized in
groups, and laid out similarly on all keypads, so that one can readily use
lots of them, without having to remember too much. And there are plenty of
For shareware information, see the end of this file.
2:- QUICK START
If you want to try these macros now, quickly and easily, see the small file
QUICK.UP. It provides the key sequence for attaching to PC-Write v3,
so that can be run directly from the disk in the default drive.
(Later to install the macros on a hard disk, and to use
additional startup options, see the file STARTUP.DOC.)
The documentation file LIST.DOC lists the macros and provides
for each, the ACCESS-KEY MACRO-KEY sequence needed to run them.
From within PC-Write (once is attached), you can display detailed
help screens for the macros at any time:
cF1 Access-key Displays the help screen for that access key.
cF1 Topic-key Displays the help screen for that topic key.
cF1 F1 or cF1 H Displays the main help file (HELP.DOC),
(which lists of all the topic keys.)
[Also provided in HELP.DOC is a list of all the access-key help files, and
all the documentation files, including the tutorial. (For later use,
HELP.DOC also tells how to install all the help files on a hard disk.)]
In particular, note the existence of topic help file:
cF1 Q Displays a Quick reminder and keying reference. Brief!
(For a paper copy, print QUICK.TF1)
cF1 L Displays LIST.DOC at any time.
Some text files have been compressed to save disk space. Included are the
tutorial, the options file, and some topic help files. None of these
are required on a first pass. Later see HELP.DOC for the simple, self-
extracting, decompression procedure.
For convenient reference you may want to print out the material above
(within the dashed lines.)
is an integrated set of macros laid out principally in the form of
interactive, spatially oriented keypads. Each keypad of macros is accessed
by a newly designated access key. There are eight access keys:
\ / * ` [ ] = | or ~
You click the desired access key then the macro key. This simple and
direct two key sequence accesses a host of editing functions, making
a quick and convenient word-processing tool.
Whenever required, you can also type the access key symbol, or use the PC-
Write ACCENT function, or start your keyboard macro. Nothing is lost. In
addition you can turn off any or all of the access keys, so they type normally
for a while, and later turn them on again, so they access macros. Usage is
very flexible. (The macros remain in memory during off/on sequences; they are
EXAMPLE:- Phrase Keypad
One set of macros provides cursor motion, phrase by phrase. These "phrase"
macros can move the cursor left or right through the text to the next
punctuation mark or to successive punctuation marks.
]RtArr is Phrase Right cursor motion (once), where ] is the access key, and
RtArr is the macro key. (The next use of the RtArr key will move the cursor
by one character as usual.)
However, using the double access key ]] (two clicks) "locks" the Phrase Right
macro on the RtArr key for one-key repetition -- just click the RtArr key
repeatedly thereafter, to move the cursor phrase by phrase.
(In fact ]] locks on a whole Phrase oriented keypad, which includes cursor
motion by phrase, phrase marking, phrase deletion, phrase transpose, and
Exit any locked keypad with the Space Bar key, or just click another access
key to start another macro. (For the locked phrase keypad, and for many
others, the DnArr key will also exit; a convenient fingering arrangement,
since you don't have to move your hand off the keypad.)
Note that ] and ]] do not type in the text when starting a macro.
Use ]]] (clicked three times) to type ] in your text, or use ]T to type ]
End of example:-
There is a new access key (referred to as the access key) to reach new
macros on the function keys, and a new macro control key located on the right
side of the keyboard (referred to as the access key.) (The key is located
on either the right ` key or the right \ key, depending upon your keyboard
layout. See Quick.Up or StartUp.Doc for selection process.)
Everything in is built with macros. The PC-Write program is untouched
and unchanged. The PC-Write keypads are unchanged; their access is unchanged.
adds to PC-Write, it does not change PC-Write.
Some PC-Write operations are duplicated (and extended) on the new keypads,
for quicker, easier access. For example: [LftArr or [RtArr is a simple
two key sequence which moves the cursor left or right by a sentence.
Note [ accesses sentence macros while ] accesses phrase macros.
Just as the arrow keys move the cursor in a vertical or horizontal direction,
the macros on the four corner ("crnr") keys of each Editing Keypad move the
cursor diagonally to swiftly and intuitively reach the corresponding corners
of textual objects.
For example, you can use the four Crnr keys from within a paragraph to
snap the cursor to the beginning or the end of that paragraph, or, to the end
of the paragraph above or to the beginning of the paragraph below. Just use
the corner key on the keypad corresponding to the "corner" of paragraph.
(See LIST.DOC or the Tutorial for an illustration. The tutorial also provides
a discussion of the spatially oriented corner key macros.)
These EditPads provide one hand, one finger ("sticky") access to all the
keypad macros. Sticky means you click the access key, let go, then click the
macro key, and let go. That is, you work the keys in sequence instead of
holding down an access key with the other hand. This is a convenient editing
arrangement for both the touch typist and the physically handicapped. (If you
want your regular PC-Write keys to also operate in a sticky fashion, add
%S to your ED.DEF file using a new line.)
The EditPads have been carefully laid out for easy fingering, with care being
taken to couple the spatial layout of the text with the spatial layout of the
keypad. Because of this more natural layout of the editing functions, and
the sequential one hand access, your fingers quickly learn the keying.
Basically, when using locked keypads, you should click a macro key, let go,
wait for the macro to finish, then click it again if you want to repeat that
macro. However in many cases, you can now get away with holding the macro key
down for repetition, especially the arrow keys. (If you do break out
accidentally, you will get simple cursor motion character by character, and
have to restart the locked keypad.)
[However, for 'holding down' to work adequately, you need an &K:128 in your
ED.DEF file, no dynamic ruler lines showing on the screen (embedded rulers
are ok), and files that are not too large. And some macros will exit when
they reach to top or bottom of the screen. The speed of your computer (too
slow) may have an effect; so may the repeat rate (too fast) of your
4:- SAMPLING , SOME INDIVIDUAL MACROS
Here is a quick scan of some interesting individual macros. (These are by
no means all of them, only a brief sampling to whet the appetite.)
LIST.DOC also lists them individually (with keying) but groups them by topic.
The help screens group the macros by keypad, on illustrated keypad layouts.
(For an example, see help file CTRL.AF1, via cF1 ) And the tutorial also
focuses primarily on introducing whole keypads as integrated entities.
If you plan to try some of these macros here (having attached manually
as described in QUICK.UP) you should change the name of this file, (or edit
it as "Read.Me /r") so that PC-Write will not write an altered copy over the
original on the disk.
MACROS TO ELIMINATE NUISANCE KEYING:-
Some of these macros eliminate familiar nuisances in word processing.
o The macro on sCR readily breaks a word or more off the end of one line
and puts it onto the beginning of the next text line, avoiding many keying
o On sF5 you can toggle marked/marking, guaranteeing to avoid any accidental
deletion, copying, or movement of text.
o A MacroSet on the **Crnr keys enables you to move your cursor from text
block to text block independent of paragraph indentations and ruler margins.
o Using K you can reformat a whole paragraph from anywhere inside it.
o Using F7 you can reformat a paragraph which is not at the ruler's margin.
o Using *F7 you can reformat a paragraph in spite of an AltG.- status.
o Using =F7 combines both reformat facilities above, and eliminates gaps too.
o Using ]F7 reformats with paragraph appearing as a block to right of cursor.
o Using /F7 you can reformat a single line. Avoids reformatting a list. cF1
o Using O turns off all (three) temporary margins. (cO is unchanged)
o "Remote" macros act without moving the cursor from your text spot.
F2 Eliminates a dividing ruler. Cursor stays put.
s[ Sets a temporary left margin at the beginning of a line; cursor anywhere.
/. Eliminates the first AltG dot line above. Cursor does not move.
o Most macros that do move the cursor allow you to return the cursor to its
original spot ("respot") with s5 Shift 5 is the center key of the keypad.
SOME OTHER HANDY MACROS:-
F5 Clear Hold without deleting anything. F5F5 Clear & unmark.
F9 Copy the cursor word to the Find area so you can quickly start a search.
/Gr Explicitly eliminate a top or bottom window, doing so from the keypad.
sBksp sDel Transpose single words. (Can also transpose groups of words).
]sBksp ]sDel Transpose phrases. Works within paragraphs & across paragraphs.
[sBksp [sDel Transpose sentences. ...
sPgUp... For conveniently reading text, there is a macro which pages the
screen 2/3 of the way up, but adjusted to always show the whole previous
bottom paragraph at the top of the screen, so you don't lose your reading
continuity, and with the previous bottom line highlighted within it.
sHome Snaps the cursor to the align point on a line,
(which is the point directly below the beginning of the line above).
*DnArr*... Re-aligns a whole line it with line above it. Cursor anywhere.
For working with lists:-
Gr Can break a line vertically, up or down, onto an existing line.
Gr Same vertical break, but onto a new line above or below.
]*CR Can automatically break a line to an indented spot below.
Tab sTab Space-tab left or right anywhere on the line. locks.
]*Ins ]*Del Easily moves the whole line left or right by tab points,
to adjust its indent. ]] or ]** locks.
LftArr RtArr Goes full column left or right (in column mode). locks.
NEW FACILITIES VIA MACROS:-
These Editing Keypads add a number of useful new facilities to PC-Write.
o Bemelmarks -- which are visible bookmarks, always in position day after day,
until deleted. See cF1 = Ex: Use regular keypad. =4Ins =Ins =4Gr
o Word-Overwrite Mode, in which each newly typed word fully replaces the
old word regardless of relative size. < starts. Then type. > exits.
o A MacroSet on the corner keys that allows you to break part of a line
to the beginning or end of the text line above, or CR Crnr...
to the beginning or end of the text line below. See cF1 scrn5
o A NotePad facility, in which a macro takes a note
you typed in your document and stores it in a notepad file. See cF1
o And there is "zxc", which when typed anywhere in your document acts as a
collection point for various pieces of marked text. See cF1 or TutB.Doc
MACROS FOR EASIER KEYING:-
's many new access keys allow easier keying sequences for various common
o A quick and convenient layout is provided for line deletions:
/Bksp Deletes line left.
/CR Deletes a whole line.
/Del Deletes line right.
(As you will see, uses the Backspace, Carriage Return, and Delete keys
for all left, whole, and right deletions. The access key used determines
the text object deleted. For example, ] is used to start phrase deletion.)
o To delete line left, and leave the space open for typing,
use /Ins instead of /Bksp See cF1 /
o On /DnArr Del... you can delete the line to the right of the cursor,
line by line, with each click of the Del key, as the cursor goes down
vertically; a chopping action. See cF1 D
o Conveniently accessible on CR, is a macro which, without moving the cursor,
breaks open a line for typing, aligning the new line with the cursor line.
(Unlike PC-W's cN, which aligns the new line with the left margin.)
o To readily switch files, you can use ]Gr+, which immediately displays PC-W's
last directory for arrow selection. You can also use ]A ]B ... ]E for
display of a new, full directory.
These are just some of the things you will find in .
Note that TUTA.DOC contains an 'OVERVIEW' of the EditPad ideas.
5:- TRY IT
To become familiar with the power of these macros, first install these Editing
Keypads (see either Quick.Up or StartUp.Doc), and then try them, first within
an extra copy of these documentation files, later within an extra copy
of your own files. Use these macros regularly when you are satisfied that
they work in your environment. If PC-Write v3.0+ works on your computer, these
macros should also work.
v3:89 has been tested using PC-Write 3.00 & 3.02 on an AT&T 6300 PC.
Undoubtedly, there are bugs left in this software; hopefully not too many.
Should you discover any bugs, or even any odd behavior, do let me know.
There is no warranty. Try it, and if you like it, buy it.
It is good practice to back-up your work frequently, at least every half-hour
or so, maintaining a sequence of back up disks. (PC-Write now provides
"The Editing Keypads" is fully copyrighted; it is not in the public domain.
However, you may freely copy the disk for yourself and for your friends
and associates. (Please copy the un-altered original, not your working copy.)
The copyright, by the way, covers access keys, macro layout on the keypad and
keyboard, keying and locking sequences, as well as the macro ideas and macro
codes, all the concepts, etc.
There are more macros here than any one person can remember or use.
Simply pick out your favorite groups and use those.
Later, as needed, add others to your repertoire.
Try these macros for a month; if you like them and use any of them
thereafter, please pay the user fee. It's a very good deal. (Note that any
payment you already made for shipment of this shareware disk does not include
the user fee, regardless of who may have provided the disk. The only payment
received by the author is the user fee, which is paid directly.)
User Fee:- $10 Thank you.
Custom Macros: Call David M. Brender
Macro modifications: Call RD 2 Box 46 EKP
Customized to your specs. Call Wells Bridge NY 13859
Comments and suggestions are most welcome. 607 988-2849
All user fees will be acknowledged.
Does anything work differently from what you expect, or prefer?
Which are your favorite macros? Do you have a macro wish list?
[Updated versions of this disk will be distributed as shareware.
Should you want to receive an updated disk directly (5.25", 360K), add
$3 for postage and handling to the $10 user fee, and include the version
number of this disk (v3:89). Include your address. v3:89 was updated
thru March l989, tested during the interim, and distributed as shareware in
June l989. will be updated as needed.]
For questions by mail, please include an SASE.
N O T I C E
This version of should work with the main keypad of all keyboards
as long as PC-Write v3 works.
A. For some keyboard layouts, you may prefer a specialized version of
which puts access on the F10 key (instead of on \ or ` key). Call.
B. Under development for the extended keyboard (101/102 keys) is a unique
version of which uses as access keys, the upper middle pad (six keys in
a rectangle) plus the 2nd / key. (Regular access keys are optional.)
[ ] 101
= * with s
A different arrangement will be offered for 102 keys. And, you may
work out and order any arrangement you like. This kind of variety
can not be handled as shareware.
Price for the standard arrangement shown above will be $9 plus the
user fee ($10) paid once only, plus $3 shipping. ($22)
Suggestions are welcome.
(Next see QUICK.UP or STARTUP.DOC to attach to PC-Write v3
or to continue trying macros, go to LIST.DOC)
[Distributors may put their name, address, and disclaimer here.]
won't work if you change the file names.