The Aetolian Composer - Aetolia Online Help

6.5 The Aetolian Composer

The Composer is what allows you to write in Aetolia, whether it be news,
books, or letters. Once you invoke some sort of writing via the WRITE
command (see HELP WRITING) you are taken into the Composer. The main
screen looks something like this:


 -*-  Composer  -*-                  (*help for help)
-=-=- L1 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
1  >


The "1  >" indicates the position of line 1 of the page/area you are
writing on. Commands are prefixed with an asterisk (*). Anything you
type that doesn't start with an * will be treated as text to be written.

An Example:

You are in the editor, you typed "This is the first line of my Journal"
and then hit the enter key. You would see:


 -*-  Composer  -*-                  (*help for help)
-=-=- L1 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
1  > This is the first line of my Journal
2  >


You'll notice that a new line was added after hitting enter. If you were
to type more text, it would start on this new line. You can type as
much text as you like into a single line, and when you hit enter, the
editor will split it into individual lines, roughly 70 characters long,
so that it can be more easily read.

The following commands can be used while in the editor.

*help, *h
   Usage: *help <command>

   This will bring up the help screen within the editor. If you specify
   <command>, then it will attempt to look up help on the specified
   command.

*quit, *q, *exit, *x
   Usage: *quit

   This will end the current editing session. You will see this prompt:
     Do you want to save? <yes/no/cancel>
   Yes will save the text written on the page and leave the editor.
   No will not save, but still leave the editor.
   Cancel will not save and will not leave the editor.

*save, *s
   Usage: *save


   This will end the current editing session and bypass the question of
   whether you want to save, and simply save your work.

*more, *m
   Usage: *more

   This will display any text that hasn't been displayed because of the
   set screen length.  It only displays text if there is text to be
   displayed.

*echo, *e
   Usage: *echo

   This will display any text that is in the current session so you can
   see exactly what is written.

*clear
   Usage: *clear

   This will erase all the text that is in the current session.  It will
   ask you if you are sure before doing so.

*line, *l
   Usage: *line <line>

   This will set the current editing line to the line specified by
   <line>.  <line> may be the number of the line to go to, or one of the
   words "start" or "end", each of which goes to the corresponding line.

*insertline, *il
   Usage: *insertline

   This will insert a blank line after the current line.

*deleteline, *dl
   Usage: *deleteline [<line>]

   This will permanently delete the current line (or the line specified)

*overwrite
   Usage: *overwrite

   This sets the current method of editing to overwrite, which means
   that any lines that may be below the current line will be replaced
   with any new lines that are typed.

*insert
   Usage: *insert

   This sets the current editing mode to inserting, which will insert
   new text in front of any lines that may be below the current line.

*replace, *r
   Usage: *replace <line> <text>

   This will replace the given line number with the text given. <line>
   must be a number. Note that this does not change your current editing
   line. For instance, you can be editing line 7, and replace line 3,
   but you are still editing line 7 after the replacement happens.

See Also: HELP WRITING, HELP LETTERS, HELP LIBRARIES, HELP NEWS