• PCBTerm - Features.

    From Ozz Nixon@1:1/123 to All on Tue Jun 25 20:08:39 2019
    To help support ANSI standards more correctly:

    1. ClrScr has option NOT to home cursor. Per ANSI Standard CSI 2J
    clears screen but does not actually home cursor, that is reserved for
    CSI H.

    2. Since this is an instruction by intruction redesign, ClrScr can use
    an alternative to 0x20 (#32), great for those RA looking applications.

    3. Implemented ClrEop - Clear from cursor to end of screen CSI 0J.
    Along with the reverse, CSI 1J.

    4. ClrEol has option to clear whole line CSI 2K, standard Eol CSI K or
    CSI 0K, and reverse via CSI 1K.

    5. Scrolling - CSI S, scroll screen by adding blank line(s) at the
    bottom. Cursor DOES NOT move. And CSI T, scroll screen by adding blank
    line(s) at the top. Again Cursor DOES NOT move.

    Standard Cursor Controls are implemented:
    CSI H - basically a GOTO Y/X
    CSI A - Cursor Up (n lines)
    CSI B - Cursor Down (n lines) - does not move beyond screen ROWS
    CSI C - Cursor Forward (n columns) - does not move beyond screen COLS
    CSI D - Cursor Back (n colums) - does not wrap when going more the column 1

    CSI E - Cursor to X=1 on next Y (n lines)
    CSI F - Cursor to X=1 on previous Y (n lines)

    CSI G - Cursor to X=n on current line

    CSI s - Save Cursor Position
    CSI r - Restore Cursor Position
    CSI 6n - Return ESC[Y;XR (returns X and Y)

    CSI 5i - Instead of serial printer, starts clipboard capture (text only)
    CSI 4i - finishes clipboard capture (to be saved, or recalled)
    * I am working on extending 4i/5i - to basically be "Save Screen" - do changes, or drop down, etc. then "Restore Screen". Improving ANSI
    support of drop down menu systems, or popup dialogs.

    I finished implemented "Cursor Modifications":
    Hide Cursor
    Show Cursor
    Cursor Size (Small Block, Full Block, I-Beam)
    (*)NEW(*) Cursor Color (24bit 16 million colors)
    Cursor Border Color
    Cursor Border Size (in Pixel)
    Blink Fast
    Blink Normal
    Blink Slow
    No Blink

    Working on Font Swapping, and Zoom in/out, then I might add scroll back support (anyone think of a reason to need that besides long ANSI?)...

    Currently testing my CP437 to UTF8 mapping - for 8bit graphics with
    standard fonts... get to pointer errors for some reason, not using
    pointers. So it must be in the RTL code of LCL.

    Ozz

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Ozz Nixon on Thu Jun 27 09:32:00 2019
    In a message on 06-25-19 Ozz Nixon said to All:

    Hi Ozz,

    To help support ANSI standards more correctly:

    1. ClrScr has option NOT to home cursor. Per ANSI Standard CSI 2J
    clears screen but does not actually home cursor, that is reserved
    for CSI H.

    For the uninformed: What does 'CSI' stand for.

    Currently testing my CP437 to UTF8 mapping - for 8bit graphics with standard fonts... get to pointer errors for some reason, not using pointers. So it must be in the RTL code of LCL.

    Very good.

    Are there any plans for an OS/2 (eComSt or ArcaOS) version?
    I'm too old to change operating system and I love my OS/2 and DOS prgms.


    Have a good night,

    Holger


    .. OS/2 is 25 years old; dead but still walking!
    -- MR/2 2.30

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  • From Ozz Nixon@1:1/123 to Holger Granholm on Fri Jun 28 19:04:09 2019
    On 2019-06-27 11:32:00 +0000, Holger Granholm -> Ozz Nixon said:

    In a message on 06-25-19 Ozz Nixon said to All:

    Hi Ozz,

    To help support ANSI standards more correctly:

    1. ClrScr has option NOT to home cursor. Per ANSI Standard CSI 2J
    clears screen but does not actually home cursor, that is reserved
    for CSI H.

    For the uninformed: What does 'CSI' stand for.

    ESC [

    CSI - Control Sequence Introducer



    Currently testing my CP437 to UTF8 mapping - for 8bit graphics with standard fonts... get to pointer errors for some reason, not using pointers. So it must be in the RTL code of LCL.

    Very good.

    It makes my life sooo much easier, especially as the computer on
    certain platforms is Unicode only. So, those of us (Americans mainly)
    can still design and think IBM old school ;-p""""""


    Are there any plans for an OS/2 (eComSt or ArcaOS) version?
    I'm too old to change operating system and I love my OS/2 and DOS prgms.

    If you guys can help me get a VM working with OS/2, I will port the
    compiler over. I have an old VPascal, so I can use it to start the
    builds until it self-builds on OS/2.

    I may even look at Serial support - or a serial -> TCP gateway native
    to the OS/2 build.

    Ozz aka SqZ

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Ozz Nixon on Mon Jul 1 19:46:00 2019
    In a message on 06-28-19 Ozz Nixon said to Holger Granholm:

    Good evening Ozz

    Excuse me for the delayed reply but got some extra work to do.

    clears screen but does not actually home cursor, that is reserved
    for CSI H.

    For the uninformed: What does 'CSI' stand for.

    ESC [

    CSI - Control Sequence Introducer

    Thanks Ozz. One command I'm missing is the possibility to center the
    mouse pointer. My node windows are blue background and the pointer is
    black with white edges. I have played with the idea of remaking a new
    one but haven't come round'to'it yet.

    Currently testing my CP437 to UTF8 mapping - ........

    That's the extra work I had to do. Received a bulletin in UTF code and
    had to translate the UTF codes manually to PC8 (cp437/450).

    I have built-in conversion functions for Asc7/Asc8, Lat1/Asc8, Html/Asc8
    and Mac/Asc8 both ways but when I did the programming UTF wasn't invented
    yet.

    It's not only all the umlaut character that are used in europe but also
    various other characters like apostrophe, short and long dashes etc.

    I do have a list of all characters in UTF and their decimal equivalents
    but have still to reprogram the editor. The Asc7/Asc8 conversions will
    be replaced with the UTF/Asc8 conversions.

    It makes my life sooo much easier, especially as the computer on
    certain platforms is Unicode only. So, those of us (Americans
    mainly) can still design and think IBM old school ;-p""""""

    It's not only you Americans that can design in IBM old school.
    I had to learn programming because my first machine was a Sinclair ZX81
    with Z-80 cpu. If I wanted to make programs snappier and larger than 16
    kb RAM allowed I had learn assembly coding because that Basic of that
    machine was very good but limited.

    After updating to a CP/M machine I started programming in TurboPascal and
    C

    If you guys can help me get a VM working with OS/2, I will port the compiler over. I have an old VPascal, so I can use it to start the
    builds until it self-builds on OS/2.

    I have avoided running any VM machine under Windows because I don't trust
    it to run a BBS and my OS/2 machines don't need any VM's to run a BBS.

    I'm extremely happy with my choice of PCBoard, from v14.5 and the the
    updates through various versions until the v15.2 that brought OS/2 files
    to replace many of the DOS ones.

    After that I haven't looked back at the Desqview installation I had.

    I may even look at Serial support - or a serial -> TCP gateway
    native to the OS/2 build.

    I'm investigating the VMODEM so that I can get this machine on WiFi.


    Have a good night,

    Holger


    .. "I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it."
    -- MR/2 2.30



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  • From Ozz Nixon@1:1/123 to Holger Granholm on Sun Jul 7 13:16:26 2019
    On 2019-07-01 21:46:00 +0000, Holger Granholm -> Ozz Nixon said:


    That's the extra work I had to do. Received a bulletin in UTF code and
    had to translate the UTF codes manually to PC8 (cp437/450).

    I have built-in conversion functions for Asc7/Asc8, Lat1/Asc8, Html/Asc8
    and Mac/Asc8 both ways but when I did the programming UTF wasn't invented yet.

    Hmmm, those sound interesting!

    [snipped]
    It's not only you Americans that can design in IBM old school.
    I had to learn programming because my first machine was a Sinclair ZX81
    with Z-80 cpu. If I wanted to make programs snappier and larger than 16
    kb RAM allowed I had learn assembly coding because that Basic of that
    machine was very good but limited.

    After updating to a CP/M machine I started programming in TurboPascal and
    C

    I started out on old Tandy Model II, then I, III, 4, 4p, 1000, CP/M
    Molecular (running MP/M for 4 terminals), then IBM and Clones in the XT
    era. The Model I, is when I wrote my first BBS... Model II ran Xenix,
    so, it was kinda like a BBS in itself - haha.

    [Snipped]
    I may even look at Serial support - or a serial -> TCP gateway
    native to the OS/2 build.

    I'm investigating the VMODEM so that I can get this machine on WiFi.

    Good luck with that!! If I could at least get WiFi or Eth working, OS/2
    would be more interesting.

    Ozz

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  • From Holger Granholm@2:20/228 to Ozz Nixon on Fri Jul 19 18:01:00 2019
    In a message on 07-07-19 Ozz Nixon said to Holger Granholm:

    Hi Ozz,

    I'm investigating the VMODEM so that I can get this machine on WiFi.

    Good luck with that!! If I could at least get WiFi or Eth working,
    OS/2 would be more interesting.

    Excuse the delay. I've been two times hospitalized.
    First for a correction of the blood flow to my feet, that was successful

    A week later I had to go back for surgery again because the surgeon had inserted a by-pass btwn right and left legs, made of artificial material
    that my body didn't accept.

    Now he had to pick a vein from my body and so far it seems OK.
    i was just today released from the hospital.

    About WiFi: For my stationary Windows machine I'm using an ASUS USB-N13
    (For 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Networks).
    It works very well as a replacement for the built-in antenna in laptops.

    I don't really believe that I can use that for OS/2 because it's made
    for Windows, but maybe something similar.


    Have a nice day,

    Holger


    .. Alzheimer's advantage: you only need to own one book.
    -- MR/2 2.30



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