DIMS editor help file If there's a record number or a pair of record numbers anywhere in the command line, the command will be done on the specified range of records. The words "from" "to" "all" "end" or "last" may be used when talking about record numbers. "." instead of a number means use the most recently displayed record. All the built-in commands may be shortened to three letters. For example, all the following are valid commands: add delete from 10 to 20 delete 10 20 print to 75 print select labels find Wombat from . to 500 change 57 change . (means change last record shown) 10 20 list from 10 to 20 (same result as "10 20" select copy delete DIMS editor help screen 2 ---> Final commands <--- These commands are normally the last word in the command sentence, any following words except record numbers will be ignored. add Appends records to the end of the file, prompting field by field. In this mode the following commands take effect: "stop" alone in any field quits adding. "<" at end of any field skips back 1 field. ";" alone in the field copies data from last record shown. done Closes file and returns to no-file menu fields Allows "hiding" fields you don't want to show. You may un-hide them with the same command. Controls output of 'put.' format 0 Installs default display and print formats. formats Shows available format definition files. format <name> Installs named format definition for screen and printer. backup Makes complete new backup file from main file. used since backup file is maintained automatically. Rarely DIMS editor help screen 3 renumber Renumbers all records sequentially from the top in both main and backup files, closing up holes from deleted records. The following commands may be given freely anywhere in the command line: change <#> Shows record or records field by field, new data may be entered for each field or the old data may be kept by just hitting RETURN. To erase a field enter just one space then RETURN. " < " backs up to previous field. delete <#> Shows record or records and asks approval to erase. list Shows records. Assumed if no final command is given. find <word> Finds records containing the exact word string. A phrase can be found if underlines_are_used_instead_of_spaces. select phrases, Finds records containing up to 10 different words or (you will be asked for them) in all fields or in specific fields. You also can specify up to 10 words or phrases that will cause the record to be skipped. DIMS editor help screen 4 -- more free-form command words print Prints on list device rather than screen in current format. Printer commands include: italic bold pica elite high ps condensed draft set [retain these instructions] reset [return to default: ps, high quality] copy Copies data records and adds them on to the end of another DIMS file. You will be asked for the name. You may create a new file this way or add to an existing one, but the field definitions must be the same. backup. New records have no auto and Permitted for clarity, ignored. page Sets page number to start printout with. margin setting. flag Sets printer margin if you don't want the default In an add or a change to a range of records, asks you for a string to be added to any (one) field in the record. programs Shows a directory of available "transient commands," i.e. various batch processes than can work on the file. DIMS editor help screen 5 --> TRANSIENT COMMANDS <-- Transient commands are sub-programs which do a batch of work and then return you to DEDIT. Where appropriate, they will take a range of records and selection criteria from the command line. Example: print select labels 100 to 150 cform Process for creating format definition files. doc Complicated. A "notepad" where you can read or write notes associated with the data file. The doc file can be edited later with WordStar. Useful for remembering codes you invent for your file. labels fields Prints a batch of labels (use "print labels") with blank closed up. Works only with three standard address file formats that will do for most jobs, not hard to modify if necessary. sort Sorts the records into a new sequence in the whole file or a range of the file. Asks questions for set-up. Sorts alphabetically unless all fields specified for keys are numeric. May overlay or make a new file. DIMS editor help screen 6 -- more transient commands stat Computes descriptive statistics for a selected field. put Makes an output file in standard Basic sequential form for further processing with other programs. You may select a range of records in the invoking command line, and selection specifications. get Stuffs a conventional Basic sequential data file into the DIMS file from which it is called, adding records to the end. Allows skipping and re-ordering of fields.