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Translation: Christian Hennecke

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Dec 18, 2002 - Our only letter of the month is from Dan Kehn in regard to an article by Isaac Leung on Dan's ExCal PIM program in the January 2002 issue of the newsletter:
I was scanning for references to ExCal as part of my yearly resume update and found your article. Thanks for the kind words, it has been many years since I've looked at ExCal. It was a fun little program and I'm very glad that others find it useful. You are correct, it was created to demonstrate the power of the WPS and OO UI design (off the record, it was supposed to be part of a user design guideline that unfortunately was never published).

I would like to comment on some of your "gripes".

"The left Calendar Pane shows the current month and is hardly configurable at all! The week starts on Sunday (some people around the world start the week on Monday), and weekends are denoted with a blue background. None of the colours or fonts can be changed except for the main background. The monthly view is not too bad for me, but it would've been nice to be able to change it to weekly or yearly view as well for those that want it."

I admit that my memory is rather fuzzy on details, but I specificially recall that ExCal does handle weeks starting on Monday, Sunday, or Saturday. By default, it uses the same algorithm based on country codes as the operating system (at the time I worked on the WPS, so I copied the code directly from OS/2). I got quite a bit of heat before adding the NL capabilities (start of week, provence / state, multi-line fields for addresses/phone numbers, etc), so I'm quite certain ExCal handles this. Searching the net, it does seem that you have the most recent version (3.0 m) and that sounds about right by my memory. I'm a bit vague on this one, but I recall that you can set the background of the weekends by dropping a color while holding the Alt key (no joke). I can't say for certain if that is in the online documentation.

I regret that I cannot test this directly, as I no longer have an OS/2 machine handy (and I've even lost the source in an unfortunate mishap with my docking station). Nonetheless, I hope this corrections are accurate and thank you again for your kind review.

Regards, Dan

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