Weirditudes of AtariWriter 80

From: Michael Current (aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/21/92-12:13:48 PM Z

From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Weirditudes of AtariWriter 80
Date: Sat Nov 21 12:13:48 1992

Reprinted from Atari Classics, Vol. 1, No. 1, December 1992

Tips 'n' Tricks

     Weirditudes of AtariWriter 80: AT-80 doesn't like filenames that begin
with a number, like 8BITFILE.TXT.  Any attempt to LOAD or SAVE such files
will bomb out with a Device Timeout error.  If you must have a file that
begins with a numeric character, preface LOAD or SAVE commands with D1:,
D2:, etc., and it will work OK.
     The SpartaDOS RD.COM RAMdisk utility is doesn't work properly with
AT-80 for files larger than 16K.  Attempts to load files larger than 16K
from a D8: RAMdisk will result in the text being distributed in scrambled
fashion among the three AT-80 memory banks.
     It is wise to add an extra line of blank spaces at the end of an AT-80
file.  Failure to do so sometimes results in the last few characters not
getting printed when the file is sent to a parallel printer.
     If you scroll down a full screen of text one line at a time, when the
cursor reaches the bottom of the screen there is a bug that suddenly sends
you all the way to the end of your file instead of the top of the next
screen: very annoying!
     The first time this happens, simply pad the end of the file with a
<CR>.  Return to the top of the file using SELECT-T, and thereafter you'll
be able to scroll downward without problem.  You can remove the extra <CR>
if you want; scrolling will still work.
         Michael Current, Cleveland Free-Net 8-bit Atari SIGOp
Carleton College, Northfield, MN, USA / UUCP: ...!umn-cs!ccnfld!currentm
      Internet: / Cleveland Free-Net: aa700

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