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Virtually all the text and color that the BBS displays is stored in the file TEXT.DAT in the CTRL directory. The syntax of this file is VERY specific and extreme caution should be taken when editing it. Knowledge of the C language would be very helpful in producing the desired results. If all you want to do is change colors of a certain text line, take care not to disturb the arrangement of the other characters on the line. Ctrl-a codes can be preceded by an embedded ctrl-a character (usually a black happy face) or by a '\1' (the printf() equivalent of ctrl-a).

The syntax of the characters between the double quotations is identical to the C language printf() format string with one exception: \xxx where x are digits (0-9) represents a decimal number, not an octal number. The range is 0 to 255. If you wish to set a background color using \1 for the ctrl-a code, you may need to pad the attribute number with zeros. For example; to set the background to blue, you might try to use the sequence “\14” which won't work. You could either embed the actual ctrl-a character (which is preferred) or use “\0014”.

Some of the strings have characters preceded by a tilde ('~'). These strings are referred to as mnemonics. The tilde precedes a character that is to be highlighted for users supporting ANSI and enclosed in parenthesis for non-ANSI users. Usually used for prompt strings that contain the valid key commands. The colors to use for the highlighted characters, normal characters, and the command character are specified in the CTRL\ATTR.CFG file.

The order of the % specifiers (if they exist) in a TEXT.DAT line cannot be altered. The display of %s specifiers can be suppressed by changing the '%s' to '%.0s'. Another way to suppress the display of specifiers is to enclose them between Ctrl-A( and Ctrl-A). Any text between Ctrl-A( and Ctrl-A) would only be displayed to users of level 90 or higher. To suppress the display to all users, put the text/specifiers between Ctrl-ACtrl-Z and Ctrl-A) (assuming that the Z flag from flag set #1 is not set on any user accounts).

WARNING Make a backup of the TEXT.DAT file before you edit it. If you damage the file syntax when editing it, Synchronet may execute erroneously or even fail to initialize.

Text.dat Revision 1.42

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