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Finally, the help that we've all been looking for! HELP!! And POP- HELP are a combined on-line reference manual to DOS that comes when it's called and is always there when you need it. Both HELP!! And POP- HELP are DOS utilities with a complete listing of DOS commands through DOS version 3.3. HELP!! Is available at the DOS command line. POP-HELP is memory-resident, so it is available anywhere you are. This is the program that every husband should give his wife (and vice versa) unless, of course, you wish to appear incredibly knowledgeable. Both HELP!! And POP-HELP are easy to use. POP-HELP's command keys can be set so that they will not conflict with your program commands. There are very clear instructions to allow you to add extra
Disk No: 1881 Disk Title: Help!/Pop-Help PC-SIG Version: S1 Program Title: Help!/Pop-Help Author Version: 2.01 Author Registration: $15.00. Special Requirements: None. Finally, the help that we've all been looking for! HELP!! and POP- HELP are an on-line reference manual to DOS that comes when its called and is always there when you need it. Both HELP!! and POP-HELP are DOS utilities and contain a complete listing of DOS commands through DOS 3.3. HELP!! is available at the DOS command line. POP-HELP is memory resident, so that it is available anywhere you are. This is the program that every husband should give his wife (and vice versa) un- less, of course, you wish to simply appear incredibly knowledgeable. Both HELP and POP-HELP are easy to use, POP-HELP's command keys can be set so that they will not conflict with your program commands. There are very clear instructions to allow you to add extra information and your own commands to HELP!! and POP-HELP. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
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HELP / POP-HELP USER'S GUIDE Version 2.01 Copyright 1987, HELP SOFTWARE 16706 Bradley Ct. Belton, MO 64012 TABLE OF CONTENTS SHAREWARE CONCEPT ............................. 1 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VERSION 2.01 AND OTHERS .... 1 WHAT DOES HELP!! DO ?? ......................... 2 INSTALLING HELP!! ............................. 2 USING HELP!! .................................. 3 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HELP!! AND POP-HELP ....... 5 MODIFYING AND ADDING HELP!! COMMANDS .......... 5 USING HELPINDX ................................. 7 SHAREWARE CONCEPT HELP!! and POP-HELP represent many months of very hard work. I urge you to support the Shareware concept and fight the high cost of software. HELP!! and POP-HELP are user supported programs. They are not public domain programs and they are not free. You are granted a limited license to use HELP!! and POP-HELP on a trial basis. If you wish to continue using HELP!! and/or POP-HELP after the trial period, you must register by sending either (1) $15.00 for registration only (no disk) or (2) $25.00 for registration and the latest version on disk. (Indicate the version that you currently have.) Discounts are available for purchases over 10 units. Write for details. Send all registration fees to: HELP SOFTWARE 16706 Bradley Ct. Belton, MO 64012 Whether you find this program useful or not, you are encouraged to share this program with others, but not for money. Both HELP!! and POP-HELP have been thoroughly tested, but if you should find a bug or have an idea how HELP!! could be improved, please let me know. The user hereby agrees that regardless of the form of any claim, liability for any damages or loss incurred because of this product shall not exceed the registration fee. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HELP / POP-HELP 2.01 AND PREVIOUS VERSIONS If you have been using other versions of HELP, there are a few key differences between HELP 2.01 and previous versions. They are listed below. 1) CONVERT has been replaced by HELPINDX. 2) SETUP has been replaced by HELPINST. 3) HELP.DAT is no longer created for you. HELPINDX (which replaces CONVERT) indexes a text file and does not create HELP.DAT. As a result, if you want to create a new text file or if you want to use a file other than the HELP.DAT text file supplied, you will need to rename the text file that you use to the new filename HELP.DAT. For example, if you wish to use the file BASIC.HLP which contains all of the BASIC interpreter commands, you would index it using HELPINDX and then rename it (or copy it to) the new filename HELP.DAT. This change allows HELP to use significantly smaller data files (roughly half the size) and saves you a lot of disk space. 4) POP-HELP uses considerably less RAM memory (about 20% less). WHAT DOES HELP!! DO ?? HELP!! is an on-line reference manual. You can create your own file of commands so that HELP!! can be tailored to your needs. HELP!! comes with a text file (HELP.DAT) that contains a complete listing of DOS commands through DOS 3.3. It is designed to be as flexible as possible. HELP!! is available from the DOS command line at any time. POP- HELP is a pop-up or memory resident version of HELP!! There are a few minor differences between HELP and POP-HELP and they are explained in a later section. The text file that HELP!! uses (HELP.DAT) is included on this disk. You can add commands, edit commands, or personalize it any way you want. (See the section on Modifying and Adding HELP!! Commands for instructions). INSTALLING HELP!! The installation of HELP!! is either a one or two step process. If your copy of HELP!! was downloaded from a bulletin board, you may need to run the HELPINDX program before HELP!! will be usable. Here's how to tell if you need to run HELPINDX. Check your directory for two files. If you do not have the files HELP.NDX and HELP.DAT, then you will need to run HELPINDX. (See the instructions in the section labeled USING HELPINDX). If you do have these files, then go on to the next step. Next type HELPINST and press Enter. A screen will be displayed prompting you to enter several pieces of information. The first thing that HELPINST will ask for is the drive and path where the file HELP.NDX can be found. HELP.NDX is the index file that HELP!! and POP-HELP use. Just type in the name of the drive and directory for HELP.NDX (Example C:\HELP or A:). The next thing that HELPINST will ask for is the drive and path where the file HELP.DAT can be found. HELP.DAT is the data file that HELP!! and POP-HELP use. Just type in the name of the drive and directory for HELP.DAT (Example C:\HELP or A:). Next HELPINST will ask you if you want to force color to monochrome. Both HELP!! and POP-HELP are quite capable of figuring out what type of adapter that you have. However, if you have a monochrome monitor that is attached to a color adapter, (such as a Compaq Computer or a composite monitor of some sort) you may have trouble reading the screen because of the colors used. By forcing color to monochrome you will be able to read the display much easier. The last thing that HELPINST will ask you for is the key sequence to use to start POP-HELP. Remember that POP-HELP is the pop-up or memory resident version of HELP!!. The key sequences that can be used are: ALT and 0 through 9 ALT and A through Z ALT and F1 through F10 CTRL-Home, CTRL-End, CTRL-PgUp, and CTRL-PgDn You should have enough choices so that POP-HELP's startup keystrokes won't interfere with your other programs. When you are finished entering the required information press F10. HELPINST will ask you if you are sure. Press "Y" to save and exit or "N" to return to HELPINST. If you want to ESCape without saving any changes simply press ESCape. HELPINST will ask you if you are sure. Press "Y" to exit without saving or "N" to return to HELPINST. You may use the up and down arrow keys to move back and forth between the different choices. USING HELP!! HELP!! and POP-HELP are so easy to use and you will probably not even need to use the documentation. Nevertheless, documentation is provided. There are two key differences between HELP!! and POP-HELP and you will want to be sure to read the section that explains the differences. Before you are able to use POP-HELP, you need to load it into memory by typing POP-HELP and pressing enter. Once you have loaded POP-HELP, just press the key sequence that you defined (using HELPINST) to start POP-HELP. When you press the proper key sequence, POP-HELP will display the list of available commands. To start HELP!! all that you need to do is enter HELP and an optional command name from the DOS command line. The syntax for HELP!! is: HELP [COMMAND] [COMMAND] is optional. If HELP is entered without a COMMAND, a list of commands will be displayed and you will be able to select one using the cursor keys. If HELP!! is entered with a COMMAND name, HELP!! will search the list of commands for the command entered. If HELP!! finds the command entered then the list of commands will not be shown. Instead the HELP information for the command entered will be displayed. If COMMAND is not found then the list of available commands will be displayed and you may scroll through them using the cursor keys. While you are in the list of commands, you may use the following cursor keys: UP and DOWN arrows scrolls one COMMAND NAME at a time PgUp and PgDn scrolls one screen at a time Home and End scrolls to the first and last COMMAND NAMES Enter selects the COMMAND that is highlighted ESCape exits the program While you are in the window which displays the HELP!! text, you may use the following cursor keys: UP and DOWN arrows scrolls one line at a time PgUp and PgDn scrolls one screen at a time CTRL-PgUp displays the previous command CTRL-PgDn displays the next command Home and End scrolls to the first and last lines C selects the command window ESCape exits the program Any time that the second window (HELP window) is displayed, you may display the COMMAND WINDOW by pressing C. The COMMAND WINDOW provides an easy way to enter the command that you need help with. The COMMAND WINDOW is designed to allow you to enter the command that you have requested help with while you are still able to read the help information. Even when you are in the COMMAND WINDOW you still have access to all of the information in the HELP window (second window). You are still able to scroll the help information up and down using the cursor keys. When you are using HELP, the command that you enter using the COMMAND WINDOW will be processed immediately and you will remain in HELP!! When you enter a command using the COMMAND WINDOW with POP-HELP, nothing will happen right away. In fact, nothing will happen at all until you exit POP-HELP. When you do exit POP-HELP, the command that you entered will be sent to the keyboard buffer just as you entered it. REMHELP is available if you need to remove POP-HELP from memory. All that you need to do is type REMHELP and POP-HELP will be removed from memory. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HELP!! AND POP-HELP There are two major differences between HELP!! and POP-HELP 1. When using HELP!! (from the command line) you may specify the optional command name. An example of this would be invoking HELP!! with the command HELP MODE. After issuing this command, HELP!! will look in its list of commands to see if it can find the command MODE. If it finds the MODE command, then HELP!! will immediately display the information available for MODE. If HELP!! cannot find the MODE command then the list of available commands will be displayed. POP-HELP obviously has no way to allow for this since it is invoked by a HOT key sequence. 2. The second difference has to do with the way that HELP!! and POP-HELP handle a command entered from the command window. If you enter a command from the command window using HELP!! it will be executed immediately and you will remain inside HELP!! When you enter a command from the command window using POP-HELP nothing will happen right away. In fact nothing will happen until you exit POP-HELP. When you do exit POP-HELP, however, the command that you entered will be passed to the keyboard buffer just as you entered it. MODIFYING AND ADDING HELP!! COMMANDS One of the great things about HELP!! and POP-HELP is that you can add your own commands or you can change the text for the commands that are supplied. If you want to add to the list of DOS commands you can simply edit the text file using a word processor or the EDLIN line editor. If you wish, you may create a completely new file using any name that you choose. IMPORTANT: When you are modifying the text to be used by HELP!! there are a few things that you must remember. 1. The maximum length of any line is 40 characters. Any text over 40 characters will be cut off. 2. The minimum length of any command is 128 characters. If you want to use a short command (less than 128 characters) then you must pad it with blank spaces. If you use commands containing less than 128 characters, you may not be able to retrieve the correct information for that command. 3. HELP!! and POP-HELP can handle a maximum of 500 different commands. Each command may have up to 135 lines of text. Each command name may be up to 11 characters long. 4. HELP!! and POP-HELP expect to find an index file so that they know where to find the individual commands. After you have finished modifying your text file, you must run the HELPINDX program to create an index file. 5. HELPINDX is very particular about how the commands are separated. Be sure to read below about how new commands are recognized. (Using Ctrl-A) SPECIAL CHARACTERS: There are a few special characters which will cause special effects when used in the text file. They are listed below. ^A (Ctrl-A) - notes the start of a new command. HELPINDX expects Ctrl-A to be the first character in the text file being indexed. HELPINDX also expects the command name to immediately follow the Ctrl-A. You may want to take a look at how the HELP.DAT file is set up. An example of how HELPINDX would expect a text file to look is given below. ^ANEW COMMAND This is the start of a new command. (Blanks...) ^A2nd COMMAND Here is some text for the second command. (Blanks...) ^E (Ctrl-E) - makes text yellow on a color monitor or high intensity white on a monochrome monitor. ^B (Ctrl-B) - makes text green on a color monitor or high intensity white on a monochrome monitor. ^N (Ctrl-N) - creates blinking text. Text will be blinking red on a color monitor or blinking high intensity white on a monochrome monitor. ^ (Shift-6) - returns text to normal. Normal text is light blue on a color monitor or light gray on a monochrome monitor. USING HELPINDX: After you modify your file, you will need to run HELPINDX to make your changes usable by HELP!! and POP-HELP. When you run HELPINDX, you will be asked for the full path where the text file to be indexed is located. For instance, if you are using the file HELP.DAT and it is located in C:\DATAFILE then enter C:\DATAFILE\HELP.DAT. You will then be asked the full path where you want the index file to be placed. If you want the file placed in C:\HELP then enter C:\HELP, if you want the file placed in the current directory then just press enter. At this point, HELPINDX will display the commands that it is indexing until it has indexed the entire file. If you create a text file of your own, or if you want to use a file other than the HELP.DAT file supplied on this disk, you will need to make sure that you name your file HELP.DAT before using it. Both HELP and POP-HELP expect to find a file named HELP.DAT. The best way to change the name of your file is to use RENAME or COPY. After this is finished, you are ready to use HELP!! or POP-HELP and your new commands or modified commands will be included.
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