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readme.first_--_hints_on_cut-_-pasting_text_from_this_wiki [2018/09/10 22:55]
lricker Initial commit -- but need a few examples
readme.first_--_hints_on_cut-_-pasting_text_from_this_wiki [2018/09/11 17:12] (current)
lricker Finish example, clarify/improve text
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 ===== Hints on Cut-&​-Pasting Text From This Wiki ===== ===== Hints on Cut-&​-Pasting Text From This Wiki =====
  
-Experience has shown us that cutting and pasting (cut-&​-paste) text from these Wiki pages may have variable results in your VMS terminal emulation window (PuTTY, Reflection, TeraTerm, etc.).+Experience has shown us that cutting and pasting (cut-&​-paste) text from these Wiki pages __might__ ​have //variable, undesirable ​results// in your VMS terminal emulation window (PuTTY, Reflection, TeraTerm, etc.).
  
 This is simply due to a decades-wide range of minor incompatibilities between terminal emulation software (which is intentionally ANSI-standards-compliant,​ but lives in a windowing environment) and various host operating system platforms, including Windows, Linux and even Unix. This is simply due to a decades-wide range of minor incompatibilities between terminal emulation software (which is intentionally ANSI-standards-compliant,​ but lives in a windowing environment) and various host operating system platforms, including Windows, Linux and even Unix.
  
-This is not a fatal situation ​-- Although your results may vary from what we're warning about here, none of these problems should prove to be a serious hindrance or flaw in your attempts to cut-&​-paste text from various pages on this PARSEC Wiki site.  Just be careful -- "Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV)."​+//This is not a fatal problem// ​-- Although your results may vary from what we're warning about here, none of these problems should prove to be a serious hindrance or flaw in your attempts to cut-&​-paste text from various pages on this PARSEC Wiki site.  Just be careful -- "Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV)."​
  
 In particular: In particular:
  
-  * You may select a line, or several lines, of text from a page. +  * You may select-&​-copy ​a line, or several lines, of text from a page.\\
-  * The line(s) may contain various punctuation characters, particularly quote-marks ''​**"​**around text**"​**''​ or parentheses ''​**(**around text**)**''​. +
-  * When you paste that selected/​cut text into a VMS terminal emulator -- say, onto a command line (following a ''​$''​-prompt) or into a text editor window, //the pasted text may not be exactly the same as the line(s) you selected/​cut.//​ +
-  * **Compare each selected/​cut line** carefully with what results in your terminal window'​s paste operation. +
-  * **Make manual changes/​fixes** to make the pasted line match the selected/​cut line exactly.+
  
-Examples ​of things to watch for:+  * The line(s) may contain various punctuation characters, particularly ''​**"​**double-quote-marks**"​**''​ or ''​**(**parentheses**)**''​. ​ The problems tend to show up with //more complicated lines// which involve multiple quotes and/or parentheses groups.\\ 
 + 
 +  * When you paste that selected/​copied text into a VMS terminal emulator -- say, onto a command line (following a ''​$''​-prompt) or into a text editor buffer, //the pasted text may not be exactly the same as the line(s) you selected/​cut.//​\\ 
 + 
 +  * **Compare each selected/​copy line** carefully with what results in your terminal window'​s paste operation.\\ 
 + 
 +  * **Make manual changes/​fixes** to make the pasted line match the selected/​copied line exactly. 
 + 
 +==== Example ​of things to watch for -- ==== 
 + 
 +The Wiki page contains an example like this, which you select-&​-copy: 
 + 
 +  $ WRITE sys$output “This is: ” + RED + BOLD + “red & bold text ” + NORM + “…but now back to normal.” 
 + 
 +When you paste it onto your DCL command line, it __might__ look like this: 
 + 
 +  $ WRITE sys$output This is:  + RED + BOLD + red & bold text  + NORM + ...but now back to normal. 
 + 
 +Note that //all of the double-quote-marks have disappeared!// ​ Why?  Who knows!!... 
 + 
 +Fix?  Just edit your command line to put these back, just as in the original. 
 + 
 +This annoying behavior is rare, and yet unpredictable. ​ Just be careful to always cross-check what you've pasted into your DCL command line or text editor buffer against the original line(s) from the Wiki page.  Fix where necessary. ​ Hopefully, you won't see this bad behavior too often.
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