Pistachio Backtalk Help:
Option Setting Page
Read this first: Introduction to Pistachio Backtalk
The Option Setting Page:
This page allows you to set a variety of options that influence the way
The Pistachio Interface will work for you.
You set the option by manipulating the various controls, and then
clicking on the ``Change Settings'' box.
It is reachable from the ``Personal Information Page''
which is reachable from the ``Entrance Page.''
The ``Use Frames'' Switch:
Some browsers have the capability to divide the display into separate
sub-windows called ``frames''. Pistachio can use this feature to set up
a non-scrolling control panel on the top of the read item page.
Unfortunately, frames are rather awkwardly implemented even on the browsers
that have them, so that they tend to slow things down considerably.
Thus, even if you have a browser that is capable of using frames, you may
prefer not to use them.
By default, this switch is on, and Pistachio will use frames on browsers
that understand frames, but if you turn it off, Pistachio will never use
Sadly, your current browser does not appear to be capable of
using frames, so this option won't matter to you at all.
The ``Active Item Summary'' Switch:
Pistachio can display a list of your hot list conferences, with the numbers
of new items and responses in them on the entrance page. If you want this
to come up immediately whenever you visit the entrance page, set this option.
If it is not set, you can get the same list by clicking a button on the
entrance page. If you have a long hot list, generating the summary might
be slow, so this option might be better left off.
The ``Recently Posted Messages'' Setting:
Pistachio can display a list of the most recently posted items and responses
on the entrance page. If this is enabled, it shows the 5
latest postings by default. You can change the number displayed from the
options page. If you don't want a list of recent postings, set the
number to zero.
The ``Maximum Number of Responses'' Setting:
When you read a very long item, you may not want backtalk to send the whole
item at once. Thus you can set the maximum number of responses to an item
that will be sent at once. If there are more responses than this available,
then you be given a button to fetch the next bunch.
If you don't want to limit the number of responses, just set this to a large
value, maybe a thousand or so.
The ``Default Response Format'' Setting
When you enter items and responses in Backtalk, you can usually enter them
in one of three different formats.
You can always select which one you want to use when you are doing the posting,
but this option lets you select which will be the default.
The options are:
- Plain Text
The item will be displayed pretty much just as it was when you typed
it in, in a fixed width font with the spacing unaltered.
The only change that will be made to your text is that certain
types of strings, like URLs and cross-references to other conferences,
items, and responses, will be automatically made clickable.
Your item text will be treated as HTML text.
HTML is the standard markup language used to create web pages.
HTML text is automatically formatted by the reader's browser, usually
in a proportional font.
You can use some HTML tags in your response to control
spacing, formatting, text size and style, to include images,
and to create links.
- Lazy HTML
Normally in HTML you need to enter a <P> tag every
time you want to leave a blank line.
The "lazy HTML" option is just like the "HTML" option,
but it automatically converts blank lines to <P> tags.
This is intended to allow you to forget that you are entering HTML
text, and still have it come out reasonable looking.
The ``Auto-Favor'' Settings
Backtalk allows you to mark items as ``favorites''. These items are
shown to you first when you read the conference, and are listed first
in the item list. Most commonly an item become a favorite because
you clicked a button to make it so. However, you can also set options
so that items automatically become permanent or temporary favorites
when you post them or respond to them.
Permanent favorite items behave just as if you had explicitly set
them as favorites. They remain favorites until you explicitly disfavor
them. By default, when you enter a new item it becomes a permanent
Temporary favorite items remain favorites only until the next time
you read some part of the item. After that, it reverts back to being
a non-favorite. By default, when you respond to an item, it becomes
a temporary favorite.
- Backtalk version 1.4.6 - Copyright 1996-2005, Jan Wolter and Steve Weiss