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Frequently Asked Questions
on
Programmer's File Editor
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[Answers in this file refer to facilities available in PFE 1.01.000]

You may find information on any problem you have encountered in the
problems.txt file, which lists known major problems in the current release

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Q. What version of PFE is recommended for my current environments?

A. PFE is supplied in two forms: the 16-bit edition (PFE.EXE) and the
32-bit edition (PFE32.EXE). The recommended versions for various
platforms are these:

Windows 3.1x
Windows for Workgroups 3.1x 16-bit Edition

Windows NT 3.51 (Intel)
Windows NT 4.0 (Intel)
Windows 2000 (Intel)
Windows 95
Windows 98 32-bit Edition

An earlier release of PFE, version 0.07.002, is also available for Windows NT
3.51 and 4.0 on PowerPC pocessors.

Note that the "Intel" versions are also suitable for Intel-compatible
processors such as the Cyrix and AMD chip sets

Version 1.00.000 is the last for which a 16-bit Edition will be produced.

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Q. I'm using the 32-Bit Edition, and I've set up associations so that I can
open files in PFE by double clicking the names in File Manager and Explorer. It
works fine most of the time, but if the name contains spaces it doesn't - PFE
seems to think each part of the name is a filename all by itself

A. The problem here is that the most obvious command line to use in your
association:

pfe32

is not correct. Since PFE allows multiple files to be named on the command
line, you must use some extra syntactic elements in the association.

To set up your associations easily and correctly, and to enable some right-
click menu functionality under Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 and
Windows 2000, you need to set them up in the "Associations" panel of the dialog
started by the Options Preferences panel.

If you want to create associations yourself you can do so: the command line
to use is

pfe32 "%1"

where the "%1" part ensures that the filename you click on is contained in
quotes when the command is issued. However, if you do this you won't see the
context menu items relating to PFE; and you may not find future enhancements
will work correctly.

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Q. I'm using the 32-bit Edition, and sometimes the flashing insertion point
marker just disappears and I can't type into any window. If I switch to another
application and back to PFE, it works fine. What's wrong?

A. You are most probably using a Microsoft IntelliMouse with version 2.2 or
later of the drivers that provide a facility known as "Universal Scrolling"
(standard with Windows 98 and Windows 2000).

The driver aims to provide wheel support for applications that don't themselves
implement it, and there are some bugs in how it works with some programs,
including PFE. This version of PFE usually can get around the driver bugs under
Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows 98, but there can still be problems
under Windows 95 - turning the mouse wheel or clicking on it will cause the
symptoms described.

The solution is to disable the "Universal Scrolling" feature for PFE. Click on
Start|Settings|Control Panel and then double click on the Mouse icon to get to
the IntelliMouse control panel, and select the "Wheel" tab at the top of the
dialog.

Next, click on the "Exceptions" button, click on "Add" in the new dialog that
appears, and browse to find the PFE32.EXE executable program file. Clicking on
"Open" will add PFE to the list of programs for which the driver will not
provide "Universal Scrolling".

Once you've done this, you'll still be able to scroll PFE windows by turning
the mouse wheel, but you won't be able to scroll by clicking the mouse wheel
and moving the mouse. Incidentally, it won't matter if you move the PFE
executable to some other folder or install a new version - the mouse driver
identifies the program from internal information within the executable data.

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Q. Why can't I open more than one file at a time with the File Open and File
View commands? Early versions of PFE allowed me to do this.

A. In this release, the various file opening dialogs all default to allowing
you to select only one file at a time.

You can use the "General Options" panel of the dialog started by the Options
Prefences command to enable multiple selection; however, under Windows NT 3.51
some long file names will not appear correctly (see the next item)

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Q. I'm using Windows NT 3.51, and I used Options Preferences to allow me to
open more than one file at a time in the File Open command. However, my long
file names don't apear any more - I just see the DOS 8.3 names

A. There is a basic flaw in Microsoft's design of the library that provides the
standard file open dialogs under Windows NT 3.51 (this code is not part of
PFE). Essentially, it can't handle long file names THAT CONTAIN SPACES if you
also allow multiple files to be selected. Long file names without spaces are
handled correctly; but Microsoft's code automatically shows those with spaces
as 8.3 names in order to get around their design error.

In its default mode of operation, PFE allows you to open only one file at a
time, and here the problem does not arise.

Unfortunately, there is no way to beat this problem - if you want to open
multiple files at one time, you won't see names with spaces in.

On the good side, though, the problem does not arise at all if you're running
Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000

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Q. I use Windows NT on a DEC Alpha system - is there an executable of PFE32 for
this?

A. PFE32 exists only for Intel hardware; however, users report that on DEC
Alpha machines this runs very well under the Intel emulation system.

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Q. How can I arrange that edit windows are created to use the maximum area
available in the MDI client area?

A. You can do this with the Options Preferences command. Start the
preferences dialog and select "Window Control" from the list of option
categories on the left. This shows you a panel that lets you configure
exactly how child windows will be created

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Q. Why don't all the TrueType fonts I have installed on my system appear in the
printer and screen fonts dialogs?

A. Because PFE is a programming-oriented text editor, rather than a word
processor, it supports only fixed pitch fonts (ones in which all characters
occupy the same width on screen or paper). There are, sadly, very few fixed
pitch fonts available. There are no plans to add variable fixed pitch support
in a future release.

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Q. I want PFE to remember the names of more than the last 5 files I've edited,
so I can pick them quickly from the File menu. How can I do this?

A. You can configure the Most Recently Used (MRU) list with the Options
Preferences command. Start the preferences dialog, and select "MRU List" from
the list of option categories on the left. This shows you the panel that
configures the MRU list.

You can configure the total size of the list, and how many files from
the list will appear on the File menu (you will be able to select from the
entire list with a dialog command that will follow the list on the menu).
You can also specify that the File menu should be drawn in two columns rather
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