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    Old guy with cataracts needs an editor that recognizes windows 7 high contrast settings.

    I grew up programming on green screen mainframe terminals. Now that I'm in my eight decade and I've got cataracts I need my green screen back.

    I've been using the editors in MS Visual Studio but they are not very flexible. If you try to write in a dialect other than their own they complain a lot.

    I need an editor that will give me reverse video -- yellow/black or green/black. It would be great if it also had a configuration file which defined language elements.

    Anybody got any ideas?

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    Paul,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a New Poster!

    I'd recommend NotePad++ it's free and very configurable.
    NP++Configurator.JPG
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    +1 for Notepad++

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    My vision is worse than you realize. I can't read that JPG that RetiredGeek posted. I have tried Notepad++ in the past. It made text visible with the correct color settings but the menus and buttons and widgets were not readable and I couldn't change their colors.

    In any of you guys have started up Visual Studio editors in high contrast mode you'll see what I would like in the way of colors. The problem is that those editors are not portable, you have to have the entire Visual Studio installed.

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    If you only require a basic editor (text, 'old' doc., rtf), maybe Jarte would work for you.

    It's very configurable, based on Wordpad but, like Notepad++, it might need someone to help you through the initial setup as there are 3-4 basic 'looks' to it. Nothing else needed to run it (unless you want later MSOffice compatibilty).

    It also ties in with Accessibility software.

    http://www.jarte.com/

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    Paul,

    I found this article on High Contrast settings.

    I then set Windows to High Contrast Black and configured NotePad++ to Deep Black to get this.
    NP++HC.JPG

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    Hi RG,

    That's a good bunch of articles you cited. You sold me, I'm going to try out NotePad++.

    The screen capture below is of the FoxProWin V9 editor which I think is the best of the MS Visual Studio Editors. Note that I started a new line with a lot of spaces and then type "select " at which time the editor changed it to "SELECT " and popped up a reference to the full SQL statement. Pretty nice! I wish I could find something this good for other languages.

    Paul

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    Have you looked at UltraEdit?

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    Hi Browni,

    UltraEdit looks like it might be overkill and it's kind of pricey for me. The way it panels things makes me think the developers had spent some time with the mainframe ISPF. If I can't find something else I guess I migh try it. Anyway, thanks a lot.

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    Goodness, is ISPF still around. It's years since I was a bit of a nerd using it!

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    I don't know of any new implementations of ISPF. I did find an old SPF, its predecessor on an old 360 awhile back. I guess there must be some imitations of it, it had some really good ideas.

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