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Re: Configured "Command" keys - PROPOSAL PART 1

Posted By: Martin J. van Groen <>
Date: Sunday, 13 September 1998, at 11:07 p.m.

In Response To: Configured "Command" keys - PROPOSAL PART 1 (Walter Rassbach)

Thanks Walter for starting this proposal.
You start a discussion I also think about for a long time.

I also wanted to use different viewers and I sometimes
changed the default from the internal viewer to a multi-
purpose viewer as QuickViewPlus (From Inso) but than I
have to accept a longer loading time.
Not nice for a quick peek in a small textfile.
So after the temporarily use of QuickViewPlus I always need
to reconfigure to the internal viewer.

I thought "This would be a nice feature for the Alt-V
command", the use of Alt-V is than in a similar way as the
other Alt-commands, by opening a "new" window.

When it is possible to define another viewer for the Alt-V
command it would be very nice.

I think for this function it is the best to use a multi-
purpose viewer. The special viewers are better usable with
the "O"pen command.

In my situation I would prefer to use the "V"iew for the
internal viewer and the Alt-V for an external one but when it
is possible to define both everybody can build it as he likes.


Batch files / menu
When using more external viewers there is a need to select
the needed one in a small menu ( like a batch file ? ).
The problem than is the passing of parameters.

I also was accustomed to call batch files for special functions,
but Kim defined the old %1..%4 parameters as using long filenames.
When passing parameters to other batch files there is sometimes
need for testing (example: testing for the extension %5), but
when the other parameters use long filenames it is impossible
to test for it.

I know that the built in menu system of XtreeGold is not used
by a lot of users (I also didn't in the beginning) but when I
found the beauty of passing the parameters into the menu
system I changed my mind.
I used it intensively to build menues for special functions.
Position the cursorbar on the filename, hit F9 for the menu
and hit return on the menuline of the needed special function.
In the menu I do a call to a home made batch file.
Test the needed parameters in the batch file and execute the
needed program(s). Easy and fully customizable.

Also the menu system has problems with the "long filename

I know it is a difficult problem to change a "standard" but I
think when Kim can change the use of the %1..%5 parameters to
use the short filenames and move the long filenames to %6..,
etc. there are a lot more things possible.
Maybe it is the best solution to set this swithing in the
config and everybody is satisfied.


I know that the above mentioned is not the "solution" for the
things you mentioned, but I hope it is an extension.


]\/[artin J. van Groen

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