From: ad024
Date: 07/30/89-09:22:04 AM Z

From: ad024
Date: Sun Jul 30 09:22:04 1989

Could someone please tell me what a handler is and what
it's purpose is? I'm having problems with one of my
telecom programs.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:32:49 1987 **

        A handler is a system-level
program that tells your Atari computer
how to talk to--"handle"--a specific
input/output device.  There are built-
in handlers for the keyboard, monitor,
and printer.  There is also a "loader"
for DOS--that is, a program that tells
the computer how to get information
from a disk to install a disk handler.
Your specific problem is called an "R-
handler".  It must be loaded from disk,
and tells the computer how to talk to
serial devices like MODEMs.
        Most users' groups now have
public domain R-handlers available to
members, and some will also give them 
out to other interested people..
        If you have trouble finding one,give me some personal mail.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
         Thanks for asking.

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