DIMS editor help file the

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.