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Daqarta for DOS
Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
Shareware for Legacy Systems

From the Daqarta for DOS Help system:


Let's say you want to change the color of the text in this Help system. Make sure you are viewing the Help text with the upper (25-line) mode in the trace area, so you can see the effects of your changes.

  • Select the palette to modify:
    Assuming you are not in Spectrogram mode (where the Help colors must be shared with the Spectrogram itself), use CTRL-C to bring up the main color menu. The Palette item at the top will automatically be set to 'Help' when you invoke the color menu while upper Help is active. If you were modifying some other palette, you would need to ENTER the Palette item and scroll to the desired palette.
  • Select the screen item to modify:
    Move the cursor down to the item you want to change, such as TEXT, and hit ENTER to select it. (Note that since upper Help is active, all menu operations will require that the CTRL-key be held down to distinguish from Help operations. This applies to both cursor and ENTER keys here.) As soon as you hit ENTER, the cursor will jump to the bottom submenu, leaving behind a (*) marker.
  • Select the desired color submenu item:
    The cursor initially appears at the 'Color' control, but if you wish to use individual fine controls you should move to the 'Red', 'Grn', or 'Blu' Adjust items. Hit ENTER (or CTRL-ENTER in this Help example) to select the desired color item.
  • Change the color submenu item:
    Use the cursors to scroll the item value up or down as desired, or use direct value entry. Note that for this Help example you need CTRL-Up/Dn for scrolling, but you do not need CTRL-anything for direct entry... just hit the digits and the normal ENTER. As soon as you make any change, you will see the Palette at the top of the menu change from 'Help' to 'Work'.
  • Go back to the screen item Select area:
    When you have set the desired color for the item, hit ESC (CTRL-ESC) to return the cursor to the (*) marked item. (You could instead scroll up out of the color submenu if you wished.) You may now repeat the process to change any other screen item colors.
  • Select the original Palette:
    When you have all colors as desired, scroll up to the Palette item. Enter that item and scroll it from the 'Work' palette that you have just been modifying, back to the original... in this case the 'Help' palette. Then hit ENTER (CTRL-ENTER) to select the original palette.
  • Invoke the Palette Operations Submenu:
    Use CTRL-PgUp to invoke the submenu, which will appear over the top portion of the color menu.
  • Select the MEM operation:
    Cursor to the MEM item (if the cursor isn't there already) and hit ENTER (CTRL-ENTER) to select it. The submenu will vanish, and a prompt will appear on the message line:
          'Palette name: '
    followed by the current palette, 'Help' in this case.
  • Replace the current palette with the Work palette:
    Hit ENTER (no CTRL- needed from text entry) and the Work palette will replace the current Help palette. Had you wished to also rename this palette to 'Hypr' or some other name instead of 'Help', you would enter that name at the prompt instead of accepting the 'Help' default.
  • Save to File (Optional):
    If you want to use this same palette in future sessions, you must save it to a file sometime before the current session ends. Since all palettes of the current mode (main or Spectrogram) are saved at once, you may want to defer this operation if you will be modifying or adding other palettes. When ready, use CTRL-PgUp to go to the Special Palette Submenu, hit FILE, and enter the name of the file you wish to save as. If you accept the default, you will be replacing the original file loaded at startup. If you are not sure you want to do that, just select another name and you can keep both files... perhaps to use one with another version of DQA.CFG for a special purpose, or to accomodate the preferences of more than one user.

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