OpenWindows User's Guide

The .text_extras_menu File

You can customize the Extras menu to include your own commands by modifying the file .text_extras_menu. By default (and depending on how your system is configured), the Text Editor uses the information found in the file /usr/openwin/lib/locale/<locale>xview/.text_extras_menu. <locale> is a subdirectory that contains locale specific text files. The default is "C", but may vary depending on the country locale. You can create your own copy of this file and tell the Text Editor to use it instead of the default in either of the following two ways:

The standard Extras menu file is /usr/openwin/lib/locale/C/xview/.text_extras_menu and is shown in Figure 3-13. It will give you ideas about how to implement your own extras menu file. Once you've created a custom file and indicated where to find it using one of the previous methods, you can make changes to the file and see them immediately implemented in the Extras menu. These changes also affect other text panes in DeskSet applications, such as the Mail Tool Compose window.

Figure 3-13 Extras Menu File in /usr/lib/.text_extras_menu


The name of each Extras menu item is surrounded by double quotation marks. Each submenu begins with a MENU statement and ends with an END statement.

To include a backslash (\) character in the .text_extras_menu file--as in the troff inline font specifications \fB and \fP--you need to use four backslash characters; for example:

insert_brackets \\\\fB \\\\fP

Alternatively, you can use quotes in place of one pair of brackets; for example:

insert_brackets "\\fB" "\\fP"