1591Re: [NTO] Re: [NTB] What is NoteTab for?
- Jan 1, 2001As I was reading this thread, I remembered back to my use of WordStar 3 (I
think, I still have a copy on 5-1/4" floppy, but do not have a drive for
it.), back in college in the mid-80's. It is basically a text editor with
commands like ^Y, or whatever, wrapped around the desired text. We also had
some funky editor on the mainframe that was a major pain to use. Anyway,
the way WordStar wrapped commands around desired text, made it easy for me
to make sense of HTML. Currently, NoteTab only allows such "command
wrappers" in HTML documents, which are just plain text files, but the
HTML/HTM extension tells the browser that it needs to interpret the
document as a web page. In WordStar the "command wrappers" told the printer
how to print the document. If you look at a WordStar file, it looks much
like an HTML file, but with ^ instead of <>.
As Paul Harder wrote, unless Eric adds a method of adding such printer
control, and/or display control, NoteTab will not do what you ask. One
option I have seen on the list is to save it as an HTML document then open
it in your browser and print it. That would save having to copy it to Word
and then format and print it.
If all you want is underlining, Eric has a clip in the Utilities library
that comes with NoteTab, called underline. Basically it puts an overline on
the line below the text. I use it often, when I need an underline, but do
not need any fancy formatting. I also use it in web pages to have an
underline in text with <pre></pre> tags so that I can keep space or tab
delimited text lined up without any fancy tables, that slow down the
loading of the page.
My wife earns herself lots of frustration using Word, because she wants to
format it as she goes, and cannot get it the way she wants it, then I have
to fix it. (For some reason, I cannot say the words that there is an easier
way, without her hearing some value judgement about her. But that's WAAAAY
I think as has been pointed out, in its current state, NoteTab does not
have the features you desire, for the way you work with documents. For now,
patience for the Gold version, or a change in procedures would get you
closer to what you desire. (I started off working with "format as you go",
and it is hard to unlearn. It affects the way I do web pages, if I get
rushed. So I, and many others know how hard that way of working with
documents is to unlearn.)
At 10:22 AM 01/01/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>I wouldn't need to display actual italics on the screen. Just some wayLarry Hamilton, Jr.
>to mark which text needs to be italicized. Underlining would do (that's
>how I used to do it on my typewriter). Or highlighting or a different
>color type face. Anything to set the italicized text off from the rest
>of the text. For that matter it wouldn't even have to display
>differently. Back in my WordStar days, it just displayed a ^Y character
>(I think that's what it was) at the beginning and end of each string of
>italicized text. And that told the printer to italicize the string.
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