Friendly Edlin Support Files
The Friendly Edlin Wrapper
Edlin on its own isn't much fun to use, so I wrote a batch file wrapper, E.BAT. It requires one utility, and can be used in conjunction with several optional ones, whose URL are listed below.
It is charityware, so if you use it, you should give $25 to one of the following:
*l 1: The Sierra Club 2: The World Wildlife Fund 3: The Nature Conservancy 4: The Natural Resources Defense Council *e
You need to use this wrapper to fire up edlin. It includes a nonprofit-ware program called ENQUIRE, which must be in the same directory as e.bat.
Optional Friendly Edlin Utilities
Download TurboBat compiler, or find a copy to compile the wrapper to make it run four times faster. I would do it for you but I'd be charge a royalty for each download. I don't have any revenue to pay royalties, so you're on your own. You could make it run even faster if you translated the batch file into Visual C++, but I am not sure it would be worth the effort.
The batch file wrapper supports spell checking using GDSPELL, written by G.D. Davis. It is a simple spell checker for ascii files. It is optionware, that is, you have the option of paying for it.
Postscript printer and Ghostscript is also supported, using TEXT2PS, written by Stephen Frede of Australia. It seems to be circulating as freeware since there isn't anything mentioned about copyrights in the documentation.
Offline WWW browsing
Using HMLSTRIP, written by Bruce Guthrie, you can convert HTML files to ascii and read them in edlin. The trick is to make sure the ascii document is not wider than 70 characters. It is freeware with a 'but.' If bundled with some commercial software it requires a $50 fee. Apparently Microsoft could bundle it with 50 million copies of Windows for a single $50 fee. As for me, I will let the user fetch and install this utility. If anyone one knows of a good free HTML stripper, email me.