Time: Sat Nov 01 10:02:29 1997 by primenet.com (8.8.5/8.8.5) with ESMTP id KAA01080 for [address in tool bar]; Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:01:24 -0700 (MST) by smtp03.primenet.com (8.8.7/8.8.7) id KAA23330; Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:01:07 -0700 (MST) via SMTP by smtp03.primenet.com, id smtpd023313; Sat Nov 1 10:00:49 1997 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 10:01:23 -0800 To: (Recipient list suppressed) From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar] Subject: SLL: major software development completed Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Team SL: With generous appreciation to Reed Harris, for discovering an undocumented feature in the DOS operating system, we have finally finished developing the software which we have been describing to you as the work has been progressing. Our goal for this difficult project has been to run a DOS batch sequence against all ASCII text files with an extension of ".ASC". These files are joined to two HTML template files: one at the beginning of the ASCII file, and the other at the end of the ASCII file, very much like a sandwich, in which the HTML corresponds to the two slices of bread, and the ASCII is the "meat" inside the sandwich. Keep this analogy in mind, as you read, and learn, more about this crucial project. The software we have developed is called PRETRUNC, which is an acronym for "truncate the filename prefix". Attached here is the file PRETRUNC.ZIP, which should be copied to its own DOS directory; we recommend PRETRUNC.DIR. Once this .ZIP file is copied to this directory, run PKUNZIP to extract the component files. PRETRUNC is a component within the new PREEDIT function, which is invoked from the DOS command line, as follows: C:\MYDIR> preedit *.asc "case name here" For example, the case name might be "People v. U.S." PREEDIT creates a "sandwich," with the correct HTML code at the front, and at the back, of each ASCII input, and the prefix portion of the DOS file name, and the case name, are both placed into the resulting HTML files. Under DOS, these HTML files have a .HTM suffix (only 3 characters, instead of 4). This software works only on MS-DOS systems; it was not designed to work on Apple Mac systems, however! After extracting the component files from PRETRUNC.ZIP, the INSTALL.BAT file should be executed at the DOS command prompt. For Windows 95 systems, the INSTALL.BAT file does the following: copies PREEDIT.BAT to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND copies JOINHTML.BAT to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND copies PRETRUNK.EXE to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND These COPY commands can be done manually, if you wish to understand each component in detail, and if you wish to skip the INSTALL.BAT program. For earlier versions of DOS, INSTALL.BAT does the following: copies PREEDIT.BAT to C:\WINDOWS\DOS creates DOS directory C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND copies JOINHTML.BAT to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND copies PRETRUNK.EXE to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND Again, you may do these COPY and MKDIR commands yourself, and skip INSTALL.BAT if you do. Notice that C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND does not normally exist for DOS versions prior to Windows 95. If you haven't already done so, we require that two template files be copied to the DOS directory: D:\WEBSITE.DIR. These two files are PROLOG.HTM and EPILOG.HTM. These two files are components of PRETRUNC.ZIP. If you do not have a "D:" partition, you will need to edit the JOINHTML.BAT file, and make the appropriate changes in the COPY command in that file. The last piece of software you will need to use these procedures is the GEDIT.EXE program, which is available in a trial version from us. GEDIT.EXE must be installed in C:\DOS under DOS 6.22 or earlier versions of DOS, and in C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND under Windows 95. GEDIT.EXE is a global search and replace tool, which has the command-line syntax that we prefer. The trial version will work, but it requires terminal input after each run of the program. The registered version eliminates this need for terminal input. To see how the GEDIT program integrates with the rest of this software, examine the logic in the file JOINHTML.BAT, which does the bulk of the work in these various programs. The file PREEDIT.BAT simply loops through each qualifying filename in the current DOS directory, and makes multiple CALL's to JOINHTML.BAT for each .ASC file it finds in the current DOS directory (but ONLY the current DOS directory). Three test files have been provided, with names A.ASC, B.ASC, and C.ASC. These files are meant to emulate standard ASCII text files (like CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT). A.ASC contains one line: aaa B.ASC contains one line: bbb C.ASC contains one line: ccc If you have any further questions, please don't hestitate to contact me here. We would strongly recommend that you invest $25 to purchase a registered copy of the GEDIT program, so that we can all be using the very same software. I can provide you with the information you need to pay the registration fee for GEDIT. Thanks very much, all of you, and my special appreciation to Reed Harris to staying on course, when the going got tough. The main cause of all our difficulties was a decision by Microsoft to remove functionality from the DOS SET command at Windows 95. This caused us untold grief, as we struggled to find a "work-around," for something which worked just fine under DOS 6.22. /s/ Paul Mitchell http://supremelaw.com attachment: PRETRUNC.ZIP encoded in MIME Attachment Converted: "I:\ATTACH\PRETRUNC.zip"
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