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Ancient but still relevant: The art of writing text files




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+^			THE ART OF WRITING TEXTFILES			   ^+
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+^				WRITTEN BY:				   ^+
^+			     THE BRONZE RIDER				   +^
+^		      HOME BASE:  THE PRISM BBS/AE/CF			   ^+
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THIS FILE IS OBVIOUSLY ABOUT WRITING T-FILES.  TO WRITE A T-FILE, YOU NEED
THESE THINGS:

1.  YOU NEED AN APPLE //E OR //C WITH UPPER & LOWER CASE...
    (USING A II+ IS REALLY A PAIN.)  AN APPLE ISN'T NECESSARY, BUT REAL
    TEXTFILE WRITERS DONT USE ANYTHING BUT THE BEST...

2.  YOU NEED AN 80 COLUMN CARD.

3.  YOU NEED THE ABILITY TO STRETCH OUT WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY SO THAT
    THE FILE TAKES LONGER TO V)IEW AND TAKES UP MORE DISK SPACE.  A TEXTFILE
    SHOULD BE AT LEAST 15 SECTORS, BUT ITS BEST IF ITS OVER 20.
    EXAMPLE:

      YOU WANT TO SAY:
	  WRITING T-FILES IS A PAIN...

      IN A T-FILE YOU WOULD SAY IT LIKE THIS:
	  WRITING A TEXTFILE IS A VERY TIME-CONSUMING AND ARDUOUS TASK.
	  IT TAKES A LOT OF THOUGHT AND IS VERY WEARING ON A PERSON.  IT
	  IS NOT AT ALL EASY.
      AND THEN YOU ELABORATE ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

4.  YOU NEED THE ABILITY TO LOOK AT THE SCREEN AND KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE
    CENTER IS SO THAT YOU CAN CENTER GARBAGE.
    EX.
			       ->VVVVVVVVV<-
			       -> GARBAGE <-
			       ->^^^^^^^^^<-

    I DON'T HAVE THAT ABILITY, BUT SOMETIMES I GET LUCKY.

5.  YOU NEED TO THE ABILITY TO MIX DIFFERENT CHARACTERS IN AN APPEALLING
    WAY TO MAKE A BORDER FOR THE TITLE.
    EX.
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	^+  HELLO  +^	    <>	HELLO  <>
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		  (^^^^^^^^^^^)
		   )  HELLO  (
		  (^^^^^^^^^^^)

	    ><L>  THE LOCKSMITH  <S><

V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V
    AND STUFF LIKE THAT.  THERE ARE A LOT MORE, BUT THEY'RE HARD TO MAKE
    ON AN APPLE II+ SINCE A II+ DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE CHARATERS ON THE
    KEYBOARD.

6.  YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF PATIEN


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