MDA text attributes

 BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 04-03-92 (11:15)             Number: 70
From: MICHAEL MALLEY               Refer#: NONE
  To: RICK PEDLEY                   Recvd: NO  
Subj: MDA text attributes            Conf: (2) Quik_Bas
Hello Rick, I was wondering if you got the message I sent you covering
the attribute for monochrome.  It seems that a lot of my mail is going
into the bit bucket again {SIGH}.  Anyway, I thought I'd tell you how I
handle programming for multiple monitors, and that way maybe you'd get
some good ideas for yourself.

What I do, is at the beginning of the program, I check to see if the
monitor is monochrome, or a command line switch was set to force mono or
color.  I then use an IF block to set variables like the following, but
of course I use more variables to accomodate things like scrolling bars,
error messages, etc...

   Fore = 7
   Back = 0
   WindowFore = 0
   WindowBack = 7
   Fore = 7
   Back = 1
   WindowFore = 0
   WindowBack = 3

Then throughout the program, I merely use these variables to set color
values which results in easy to read code.  If I decide to make a
change, one change affects the whole program without having to find
every statement that affected a particular item.

I hope this helps out a little.

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