Web Browser Suggestions for viewing .SPF extensions and for viewing non-grayed .TXT extensions at The REXX Macros Toolbox.
If you have SPF/PC the blue text will be of particular interest to you. If you don't have SPF/PC you might want to add the SPF extension to the TXT and TEXT extensions in the Helpers, then since you do not have SPF/PC you should basically ignore most of the remaining blue text and paragraphs mentioning SPF, SPFEDIT or SPF/PC.
Keep track of original settings to your Web Browsers before
making any changes.
Backup your c:\netscape\netscape.ini before making changes, I periodically copy some files to backup set of files having lost my bookmark.htm file on many occassions.
Keep track of original settings to your Web Browser before making any changes.
Originally I was using Internet Explorer only for off-line use on my own files, but am using it exclusively now.
If the application that opens .SPF files is not acceptable it can be changed in the following manner: This was adapted from something in 95 Tips and Tricks. I have since changed my web files with .SPF extensions to .TXT, which makes it easier to maintain website and for others to view the files.:
using Options --> General --> APPSTemporary Directory: Enter a location to store files which are used and automatically disposed of by Netscape. Before a helper application executes, Netscape temporarily stores application files onto disk. After the helper application is exited, Netscape deletes the files.
View Source: D:\GOODIES\SPFEDIT.BAT
alternate: (leave blank)
alternate: c:\winnt\system32\notepad.exe [even though Netscape is 16-bit]
using Options --> General --> APPSI am using SPFEDIT.BAT which allows me to hit PF3 once and be out of SPF invoked from the browser. Note the file being edited is a temporary file not the actual file even when the browser is pointed to your own disk files. To use SPFEDIT.BAT or c:\spfpc40\spfpc.exe you must have SPF/PC.
Temporary Directory: c:\temp
Options --> General Preferences --> Helpers
text/spf SPFEDIT spf
launch from: d:\goodies\spfedit.bat
Helpers -- Original
type:/subtype Action launched from Extensions application/pdf ACRORD32 c:\acrobat3\reader\acrord32.exe application/rtf Ask User rtf text/html Browser html,htm text/plain Browser txt,text
Helpers -- Modified
To change .spf to the Browser check the Action: Browser radio button.
type:/subtype Action launched from Extensions application/pdf ACRORD32 c:\acrobat3\reader\acrord32.exe application/rtf Ask User rtf text/html Browser html,htm text/plain Browser txt,text text/spf SPFEDIT d:\goodies\spfedit.bat spf
To revert .spf back to Save File, remove spf from extensions.
In order to temporarily bring up Save to File hold down the SHIFT key while clicking the hypertext entry with the mouse.
The spfedit.bat works better than spfpc.exe since since PF3 will exit immediately. Suggest using the Browse button to fill in the launch applications field as the most reliable approach to filling the field.
You may want to change to the Browser or to SPF by changing these options depending on what you want to paste into. SPF/PC does not use the Windows clipboard.
My Fonts in use with NetscapeFonts are a rather personal thing; however, trying to code for both Netscape and MS Internet Explorer is next to impossible.
In Netscape I have set the Fixed Font slightly smaller than the Proportional font. This makes the horizontal spacing appear closer to the proportional font.
In IExplorer you do not have a choice the fixed font will be smaller than the proportional font, and in the case of Preformatted text (<PRE>), IExplorer will make it much smaller [sometimes it can be almost impossible to read]. This may contribute to the bloated HTML code that MS Internet Assistants generate.
For this reason for compatibility and to be able to read material it would be best to use fixed (<TT>) in preference to preformatted (<PRE>), if possible.
I am very much aware of these differences. On the internet I use Netscape. On my own system I use IExplorer mainly so that I can change the code and for consistency. Bookmarks in IExplorer are local, in Netscape they are mainly for the internet.
Options --> General Preferences --> Fonts
- Porportional Fonts: Times New Roman Size: 11 point, or Arial 11 point
- Fixed Fonts: Courier New Size: 10 point
The use of <TT>Typewriter tag</tt> uses the pointsize (1/72 inch per point) you set in Netscape. In IExplorer it is reduced by about 1 points if you use Medium (10 point).
Compare to the use of <PRE> In Netscape the fontsize appears to be inreased by one point. In IExplorer it appears to be reduced by one point.<pre> @echo off spfpc %1 /e </pre>[These are guesses on my part -- I am only sure that they are treated differently].
The appearance of this table will depend on your own font usage Size Proportional Fixed <TT> Mixed and Bold Preformatted <PRE> -2 The Red Fox The Red Fox The RED Fox The RED Fox -1 The Red Fox The Red Fox The RED Fox The RED Fox The Red Fox The Red Fox The RED Fox The RED Fox +1 The Red Fox The Red Fox The RED Fox The RED Fox +2 The Red Fox The Red Fox The RED Fox The RED Fox
Change viewing of .TXT from gray backgroundElimination of the gray color associated with .TXT is accomplished by changing the default color. Choose white or a light buff color.
- Options --> General Preferences --> Colors
- Turn off Use Windows colors. Turn off all custom colors, except background. For background use white or choose something pale under custom colors for the background such as (red: 255, Green: 255, Blue: 246).
Using the AOL Browser
Colors: AOL does not provide color overrides except in the choice of a default white or a default grey background. Choose the white as follows:
- .SPF and .CLR will be browsed as as plain text (.txt) so it should not be necessary to make any changes to Helpers under WWW prefs.
- From within Web usage (globe) --> prefs --> turn OFF gray background
SPFEDIT.BATYou might want to make up a SPFEDIT.BAT file to edit a file with the /e automatically included when invoking SPF/PC.@echo off spfpc %1 /e