An excerpt from Thomas Jordan's epic
Texel user guide, two years in the making...
So far when saving files all the file names
have been saved using the standard convention of naming
a file with up to a maximum of eight letters and a three
letter suffix. This is OK up to a point but after a
while the file directory begins to resemble a jumble
of cryptic file names. On the Global menu select the
Open command and look at the file names. There is TEX1.TXL,
TEX2.TXL - how do you know which file relates to which
set of information? In Texel you are not restricted
to the standard rule, Texel is also compatible with
Using long filenames
When using Texel with the MagiC multitasking
operating system Texel automatically supports the VFAT
system function when switched on. VFAT can be found
in the folder GEMSYS\MAGIC\UTILITY under the name VFATCONF.PRG.
Double-click on the program and examine the dialog
From the dialog you can select which
file devices have a permanent or temporary setting.
Selecting the temporary tab only remains valid during
the current session (until you shut down the computer).
By choosing the permanent tab the file devices
which have been requested to have a long filename will
be saved in the MAGIC.INF file when the OK button is
When using a long filename for an
enabled device you do not have to apply any special
formatting to make use of it. The long filename enables
you to use up to 64 characters including spaces.
The file system is also compatible
with Windows 95, floppy disks and other media can be
read and written to when used in conjunction with HD
Driver 5 or greater. MagiC PC users can access Window
95 partitions and media (Works with Windows 98/2000
as well - Ed)
You might think that by saving a file
using the new extension that other users will not be
able to view your file, wrong! Files can still be used
on ordinary Ataris. When saving the file it automatically
creates a second name which follows the old rule of
eight characters plus a suffix of three.
Users of MagiC and Texel please open
TEX15.TXL and save it as Complete Budget 1998.txl and
users of lesser systems leave the file as TEX15.TXL.
Having two different filenames for the same information
should cause confusion when accessing either file, but
Texel has another trick to reference files and their
data. This other option is called File Information which
is located at the bottom of the file menu on the local