Italics in NTP (sort of)
- I think I've found a way to insert italics into NTP text files.
I use three different programs for writing:
1. VDE: A DOS text editor which I use for most all of my writing
2. Word 97: Which I use to format files for printing on a laser
3. NTP: Which I find myself using more and more, instead of VDE, but
the lack of a way to italicize text has been the major factor preventing
me from making it my primary "typewriter."
The Word 97 command for italicizing text is Ctrl-I. I just used a
keyboard macro program to make Ctrl-I insert the italics marker (^P^Y)
in VDE vde files. So now I've got two out of my main three programs
using the same command to mark italics. Now all I have to do is figure
out a way to use the Ctrl-I command in NTP and I'm home free.
A Windows macro program should do the trick, i.e., reprogram the Ctrl-I
key combination so it will place an italics marker in the text of NTP
files. From testing it out, the default NTP Ctrl-I command selects a
paragraph. A handy command, but I could make a clip to do that couldn't
That leaves open the question of what to use as a marker. I think HTML
is out because it uses two different markers, one to begin italics <i>
and another to end italics </i>. At least I think that's how it works.
And unless I can find a macro program that can alternate between <i> and
</i> each time I type Ctrl-I, then I'm going to have to go with a single
The marker in VDE is ^P^Y but that won't work in NTP because it doesn't
have a command interpreter...wait a minute! Yes it does! It is able to
read and interpret clips embedded into text; isn't it? But I think the
clip commands have to be at the very beginning of a line, don't they?
Are there any circumstances underwhich the clip interpreter will read a
clip command in the middle of a line?
That would be so cool! Is there a way I could embed a clip that would
issue the italics command to my printer?
My hunch is no. But even so, with a marker in the text, all I'd have
to do is open in VDE the text file I created with NTP and do a search
and replace and Voila! Italics! And I could also write a little basic
program that would replace every other <i> with a </i> and then the
italics would display in my browser. Jubilation T. Cornpone!!! I think
I've got it!
Oh! Wait a minute. If I use a Windows macro program. It may change
the Ctrl-I combination for EVERY program, not just in NTP :(
Oh Well, back to the drawing board.....