Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 2, NO. 2 / MAY 1983

Tech Tips

It is possible to bring to the screen for examination, the ATASCII characters on your disk by using the COPY function of DOS (selection C on the menu). When you ire prompted "FROM,TO" type in the name of the file you want to look at, followed by a comma, and then "S:" or "E:". By doing tbis you are copying the file to the output device specified—in this case either "S:"creen or "E :"ditor. The data will display and scroll upward once the screen fills. Use CTRL-1 to start and stop the scrolling. To display the file again it is necessary to recopy the file to the screen or editor.

Using this method, you can view non-BASIC files, such as text files (e.g. documentation contained on disks, word-processor text files, etc.), VisiCalc templates, PILOT and assembler files, without resorting to the software that originally generated the files. LISTed and SAVed BASIC files may also be viewed this way, but the latter, being tokenized, will be largely incomprehensible.

-David Duberman