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SECTION 188.8.131.52 - COLOURS & GRAPHICS
USAGE: This option is used to customise your local control-file to reflect your personal colour preferences and to adjust the graphics characters to suit your terminal, if it is not IBM compatible.
Logging In For The First Time
When you initially log into T.L.A., either through TLAMENU or START, your local directory will not contain any colour attributes file (FTLA01.DAT). The computer will ask you several questions before T.L.A. can proceed. The first question asked is whether your terminal is colour or monochrome.
Depending on your answer, T.L.A. will create a default set of colour attributes for you. Also, by default, T.L.A. will set the graphics character-set to single-line IBM compatible characters. This should normally be sufficient for most PC's and will also work well for WYSE 60 terminals. The COLOURS & GRAPHICS function is only required if you wish to vary from the default set-up.
Setting Screen Colours
If you decide that you wish to change the colour scheme, or the graphics character set, you must use this program. Remember that changes made here affect your terminal only. Multi-user sites can have each screen individually customised.
Upon entering the program your screen will display the following:
You will notice that the screen consists of several sections: The most important section is the right-hand-side of the screen. This displays a miniature screen layout with each feature labelled. This portion of the screen previews any changes to colours, or graphical characters, you might have made, without actually committing them permanently. To commit any changes you will need to press <F10>. To abort your changes, or to leave the program for any other reason, press <ESC>.
The rest of this screen is devoted to changing the colour layout of your screen. You may either use the default settings, or choose the colour manually.
To enter a colour scheme manually, use the left-hand-side of the screen. Here you are prompted to enter a number from 0 to 7 for each screen feature. A legend is provided near the bottom of the screen showing you which colour corresponds to which number.
Several function keys are available:
<F1> This sets the scheme to the default sequence for colour screens. These are (reading from top to bottom) 021606130302070604. This option also sets all attributes to highlight.
<F2> This sets the scheme to the default sequence for monochrome screens. This is also suitable for portable LCD screens. These are (reading from top to bottom) 070707070707070707. This option will also set some attributes to low light, eg. certain portions of the banner and all border elements.
<F3> This sets the scheme to a very blue screen. Some people find this scheme calming.
<F5> This moves the program to another phase which allows you to modify the graphics characters, see below. Note that any colour changes you have made should be saved to disk (using <F10>) before you choose this option, or they may be lost.
<F6> When you chose an option from the MAIN MENU, T.L.A. will clear the screen and the new program will take over. On fast computers this might happen before you know what button you have pushed. Some people prefer that the computer highlight the chosen option for a while. When you choose this option you will be asked for the number of flips. A value of 0 will cause T.L.A. to just jump to the chosen function; a value 1-9 will cause the MAIN MENU to flip the highlight bar on and off that many times before calling the next function.
<F9> This causes the miniature screen layout on the right-hand-side of the screen to be updated. You may then press: <F10> to permanently update your choices, <ESC> to abort your changes. You may also continue to fine-tune your choices. Keep pressing <F9> until you are completely happy with the colour scheme.
<F10> When you wish to permanently commit your changes to disk, press <F10>. You will be asked to confirm your intention.
<ESC> This will return you to the MAIN MENU without updating your last changes.
You may try other colour sequences, which more precisely match your monitor's characteristics, and personal preference. For instance, certain monitors do not display yellow nicely, certain monitors display a harsh green, etc. Try the sequence, "303737133330373634" for a very cool display or "701646650371701634" for a very hot display. For a colour scheme which matches the basic blue colour of DOSSHELL and XTREE, try "177717771317171614".
CHANGING THE GRAPHICS SET
A border surrounds most screens in T.L.A. Various other screens use other smaller borders and lines to separate groups of fields. The actual characters used to construct these boxes, borders and underlines are defined here. Remember that changes made here affect your terminal only. Multi-user sites can have each screen individually customised.
When you press <F5> from CHOOSE SCREEN COLOURS, above, the display will change to show the following:
The right-hand-side of this screen is the same as that described above in Setting Screen Colours. The left-hand-side, however, now prompts you to insert the line-graphics characters appropriate for your terminal. By default T.L.A. will have inserted characters consistent with IBM PC's. These will also work with some terminals eg. WYSE 60. You may also try to use the double line sequence, or if your terminal does not support graphics characters at all, you can still use the generic set, which just uses standard characters to achieve a similar result.
Hint: Most graphics characters are not directly available through your keyboard. You can use the ALT sequences to insert these special characters. See your DOS manual for details.
The following function keys are available:
<F1> This will enter the default IBM single line graphics character set. The change will not be permanently written to disk unless you press <F10>.
<F2> This will enter an IBM double line graphics character set. For some screens this is a more preferable option, for others it is too busy. The change will not be permanently written to disk unless you press <F10>.
<F8> For UNIX installations that might be using older terminals that do not support line graphics at all, choose this option. The characters chosen will be a + for all corners, - for all horizontal lines and : for all vertical lines. These are all standard ASCII-8 characters and are unlikely to be unavailable on any terminal. The display, however, will less attractive than the other options described above.
<F9> This causes the miniature screen layout on the right-hand-side of the screen to be updated. You may then press: <F10> to permanently update your choices, <ESC> to abort your changes. You may also continue to fine-tune your choices. Keep pressing <F9> until you are completely happy with the graphics scheme.
<F10> When you wish to permanently commit the changes to disk, press <F10>. You will be asked to confirm your action. You will then be returned to the CHOOSE SCREEN COLOURS screen.
<ESC> This will return you to the CHOOSE SCREEN COLOURS screen without updating your last changes.