On this Page:
- Articles about EPM
- HTML enhancement packages
- Other Macro Packages
- The usual download sites
Dealing with EPM there are some recommendable articles in web magazines, some
good web pages and even one or the other article in printed media. The following
list is far from complete and I'd like to learn about other articles or pages and
mention them here.
In Default = in English
Customizing the Enhanced Editor
- EDM/2 article by Jörg Schwieder
An excellent article about customizing EPM via the my*.e files. Many of
the configuration constants are listed and explained in a way intelligible to both
EPM beginner and power user.
A Look at EPM 6.0x
- EDM/2 article by Paul Floyd
Adding syntax highlighting to EPM
- EDM/2 article by Paul Floyd
AFAIR and if I'm not mistaken, the headline is a little bit misleading, because the
main topic of this article is not the quite trivial syntax highlighting but the far
more complicated syntax assist.
One of EPM's highlights - by Richard Klemmer
This article was published in the september volume 1999 of
Extended Attributes, the monthly (print) magazine of the
Phoenix OS/2 society. It deals with two of
the different approaches (there may be more ;-)) of activating syntax highlighting
for various file types. Though it's certainly not my way I very much like the
REXX way, because it's so clear and simple.
In Dutch / in het Nederlands
- written by Frank de Lange
Bevat en goede kort-karakterisering van EPM. Treed niet in details, maar geeft
toch een idee an de nieuwe gebruiker wat met deze editor alles kan worden gedaan.
EPM - Enhanced Editor from OS/2 Warp
- written by Przemek Pawelczyk (?)
My mastership of the Polish language equals zero. Therefore I do not even know if that's the
authors name I've picked out of the text or just some words perhaps meaning "happy easter",
"squeamish ossifrage" or "blind watchmaker". Judging from the few english keywords in the
text however, it has to be full of cluons
and solid knowledge about EPM. Thus - until proven wrong - I dare to recommend it.
In German / in Deutsch
Der EPM - mehr als nur ein einfacher Editor
- von Wolfgang Mayle, Patrick Rogge
Ein einführender Vortrag
Workshop EPM - von Heinz Wolek
Wohl der, die ihre OS/2 Inside-Ausgaben aufgehoben hat! In den Ausgaben
3/97, 4/97, 6/97 und 8/97 ist eine ausführliche und überaus lesenswerte Einführung
in die grundlegende Bedienung und Konfiguration des EPM und eine Übersicht über die
Möglichkeiten, ihn zu programmieren, zu finden.
|HTML enhancement packages
NEW in 2002/09: Though not being an enhancement package my
little EPM highlighting scheme for HTML might make your web page editing a little
easier. There are other schemes around which serve the same purpose, but I like
mine best. Have a look at it (.PNG, 19kB)
or just download it to judge for yourself.
But now for the real stuff:
HTML is the language spoken by a tribe of headhunters near the source of the
Nile. It has proven useful for creating web pages and frenzied pygmy dance
rituals. It is a simple language that can be edited with tools such as EDLIN,
vi or the air traffic control system at the O'Hare Internation Airport.
-- Mr. Bunny
Well, that does explain a lot, doesn't it? But instead of hiring your local
headhunter to get you one of those above mentioned headhunters speaking HTML,
you could give EPM a try and compose your webpages yourself.
There are several macro packages which may assist you. Most of them provide you
with an additional menu containing html specific actions. In addition to that
some of them add some DDE connectivity between EPM and your browser (this means
that you can make your browser (if DDE enabled) reload the page in design from
within EPM). Finally two are even drag & drop enabled in a way that if you
drag & drop an image on your html document, this image is correctly inserted
into your page.
Before I list those macro packages I have to admit that I use none of them. Not
because I'd think they're not good, but just because I very seldom use the main
menu in EPM anyway and got somewhat used to write HTML my way which mostly is letter
by letter (for the experts: I set BLOCK_ALT_KEY = 0
and BLOCK_ACTIONBAR_ACCELERATORS = 1 in
mycnf.e and deactivated Menu accelerators in my settings notebook).
What I'm trying to say: I'm no expert on those HTML macro packages and I
certainly do not prefer one over the other (as a matter of fact I'm almost equally
impressed by each of them). Keep that in mind and give them a try to judge yourself.
From what I've seen I guess that it is anyway to some extent a matter of personal taste
and working habits to choose one or the other.
HtmlTags by Larry Margolis
This is the oldest of the HTML extension mentioned here and probably the father of them all. Its menu
necessary to write solid HTML code.
In addition to the menu and its entries HTMLTAGS comes with drag & drop actions
for including WebExplorer url objects or images into the page.
HTMLTAGS.EX is contained in epmapp.zip, the main application archive that can be
found on the usual download sites. The source - well, don't know wherefrom but
I have it. My conclusion is that it must be available, even though I can't find the archive at the moment.
HtmEpm 0.99 by Eduardo Areitio
HTMEPM version 0.99
HTML Extensions for EPM 6.03b
Provides menu-driven HTML editing abilities to the OS/2
Enhanced Editor. Supports most HTML 3.2 and some
HTML 4.0 tags. Preview with Netscape through DDE,
keyboard shortcuts, forms, tables, applets,...
These features are coded in two .EX files and one DLL; sources are not included. The setup is
easy and user preferences can be set.
HtmEpm is shareware, but free for non-commercial and educational use. The archive name is
htmepm99.zip and it is available from the usual download sites.
kenHTepm 1.4 by Ken Arway
This is Ken Arway's attempt to merge the best from HtmlTags and HtmEpm 0.98. So it's not surprissing
still has that drag & drop support mentioned above.
The kHTepm14.zip archive has only two files in it. The .E source and the documentation. The latter
is a true EPM file; the body holds the plain vanilla ASCII textual information and in the extended
attributes there are stored font information, colours an so on. The documentation, especially
the installation instructions, is very good written; the installation should be fairly easy
even to the unexperienced EPM user.
Check the usual download sites to get the .ZIP.
ESHTML 1.0 by ehlertronic
The second package in my little list to offer DDE connectivity between EPM and browser. Other than in
HtmEpm where this is achieved by means of a DLL, here the trick is done with an EXE. The
advantage for the user is that he can use this program to connect to his Netscape (for example) from
within other programs than the EPM, too.
In its extent it is comparable to HtmlTags, covering only a basic set of HTML instructions. As a package
however it is very complete. The .EX is there, the .E is not missing, a toolbar is in the archive and
so is a highlighting scheme. Even an icon is contained and - for those who don't already have it - the
The major drawback to most is that menu and documentation are in German.
Unlike the other packages mentioned, this one is AFAIK not available on the usual ftp sites, but only
from the company's website. Here's the URL:
EpmHtmlBar 4 by Adrian Suri
This is a package containing ERX macros (ERX is the extension which
characterizes REXX files using the REXX interface and the REXX
instructions EPM offers) and a toolbar to enable the launching of
Gismo (tool to help determining color settings in RGB, most often
useful for HTML editing), KenHTepm (see above) and your favorite
browser from within EPM. Thus if you use these programs to write
HTML EpmHtmlBar 4 can help to make EPM the center of your HTML
The file is available on the usual download sites
but can also be found on Adrian's Homepage
which is very recommendable for EPM users.
Gibbon PGP Front End v1.2 by John C. Frickson (Gibbon Computer Products)
A Must-Have for those using Pretty Good Privacy (version 2.x) and - of course - EPM. Gibbon Computer Products'
Gibbon Pretty Good Privacy Front End - or GCPPGPFE for short - adds a menu with PGP related actions to
your menu bar. Now you can encrypt and decrypt your files, check signatures or apply them to your texts,
include (PGP key) fingerprints or even manage your keyrings - all from within EPM.
I by far do not use the full palette of features, but definitely don't want to do without the basic
decrypt and encrypt commands. I've even looked up the defcs in the source and have defkeyed (given) them
a prominent place in my standard key set.
The package gcppgp12.zip can be found on the usual download sites. It contains
the E source and precompiled .EX files for EPM versions 5.51, 6.00, 6.02 and 6.03. The Readme (GCPPGPFE.DOC)
gives an accurate and detailed description of the installation process, the configuration and the daily use
of GCPPGPFE and moreover addresses the security concerns in an understandable way.