Hi John and Jody
Thank you for your time in responding to my problem.
Despite using NoteTab Light for more than a year, I only
used a limited number of its features and am very much
a tyro as I realized while looking through the great advice
in this group. Will certainly continue to monitor help here.
After experimenting with the problem in NoteTab, I
resurrected the text editor I had been using for these files
by running it in XP's compatability mode. NotePad+ dates
back to the 95 era or earlier, and definitely acts flaky under
XP even in 95 compatibility mode. (Opening its help menu
shut down the program, so I removed it from the XP machine
But first, the cursor and text drop was reproduced in NotePad+
so it would appear that XP does not deal well with text editors
containing some particular snippet of code from earlier days.
Perhaps has something to do with text editors not having a right
margin when not in word wrap mode. XP's fault.
The otherwise excellent features in NoteTab will keep it as my
default XHTML editor.
As for my editing task, selected data from a number of metalworking
groups is filed in some 78 subject files and cleaned up for some
spelling and line formatting and removal of quotes and redundant
info already in other messages. Line breaks, while not exceeding
7 inches, have to be subjective to keep the spirit and readability
and comprehension clear in sometimes tech-speak. Consequently
line breaks have to be manually inserted one by one.
Have done this for several years for my own reference purposes
and then made the files freely available to the groups' members on a
non commercial private site.
Thanks again for your comments.