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Spell Mode - Missing FEATURE

Posted By: Walter Rassbach <>
Date: Saturday, 12 September 1998, at 5:13 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Shift-Letter / Spell Mode Comparison (John Gruener)

Although we have recognized that we didn't want to turn this into a "feature war", I cannot resist a "reverse" case -- John did omit to mention one feature that could be put into his "spell string" proposal which I would be VERY hard pressed to match:

Providing a "spell string" special start and prompt means that, in addition to period, comma, and space, one could also enter wildcard characters or even the extended "wildcard"-like things like a date (ala` FileSpec) into a spell string...

This could be a VERY useful enhancement, especially if we add some way of specifying attributes as well (both here and for FileSpec). I will be including this kind of a feature in the integrated nav/spell proposal I am working on and I intend to propose some enhancements to the FileSpec methods fairly soon, which I will also include in the integrated nav/spell string proposal...

Note that this would bring John's "spell mode" somewhat closer to FileSpec, but the ways in which it is used are somewhat different and provide some very useful functionality which is NOT available via FileSpec...

-- Walter

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