Yet another gopher for Windows and Winsock
Rob.Harper at csc.fi
Fri Nov 5 01:59:52 EST 1993
>Path: funic!news.funet.fi!sunic!pipex!howland.reston.ans.net!spool.mu.edu!umn.edu!news2.cis.umn.edu!gopher-news-daemon at boombox.micro.umn.edu
>Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1993 16:57:19 -0700
>From: dob at tis.inel.gov (Dave Brooks)
>Message-ID: <9311042357.AA18523 at dewey.inel.gov>
>Original-To: Brewster at wais.com, gopher-news at boombox.micro.umn.edu,
> winsock at sunsite.unc.edu, Lois.Schoen at Forsythe.Stanford.EDU,
> aaron at datatools.com, saint at wais.com, bjs at inel.gov, tis at inel.gov,
> jason.levine at columbia.edu, jim at netmanage.com, rcq at ftp.com,
> bruce at frontiertech.com, davidtr at microsoft.com, vikas at distinct.com,
> PETER at psychnet.psychol.utas.edu.au, chrisl at ncms.org, martinh at jsbus.com,
> amonson at amonson.ag.uidaho.edu, trier at odin.INS.CWRU.Edu,
> howardd at ricks.edu, daniel at mudhoney
>Subject: Announcing (Yet Another) WinSock Gopher Client
>Sender: news at news2.cis.umn.edu
>Approved: comp.infosystems.gopher at news.cis.umn.edu
[Note: I just uploaded this software to
boombox.micro.umn.edu:pub/gopher/incoming and microdyne.com:pub/incoming
... sunsite does not seem to be responding, but I'll keep trying]
A Windows Sockets Gopher
November 4, 1993
WSGopher is a Gopher client for Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows
Sockets (or WinSock) version 1.1. It was designed from the ground up to
take advantage of, and build up, Windows and WinSock. In particular
WSGopher uses the parallel capabilities of WinSock to allow the user to
fetch as many items at once as they care to. It also takes advantage of
Windows "associations", the Clipboard, printer, etc.
WSGopher has many features which support ease of use, speed and
- Data appears in a window AS IT ARRIVES on your computer; you don't
have to wait for something to be completely transferred. There is no
hourglass cursor in WSGopher.
- As soon as data appears on your screen, you can start using it. This
means you can select items from a directory window while the directory is
still downloading. I do this all the time with the "All the Gopher Servers
in the World" directory.
You can also scroll through your text window, and even mark text and
copy it to the clipboard, print it or save it to disk while the text file is
- You can easily do more than one thing at a time; in fact, you can do
as many things as you want, until you run out of resources (like using up
all your network sockets). I often have four to six file downloads going on
at once, or a similar number of directories and text documents. The only
limitation is my attention span.
- WSGopher uses the Windows MDI feature, giving you multiple document
windows within a single containing window. WSGopher windows are highly
customized to the document type.
- WSGopher has built in viewers for text and CSO types. The text viewer
can display up to 32K lines (unlimited in future versions). You can also
configure the font for the text viewer. The CSO viewer supports the
"fields" feature by downloading the fields from the CSO server into a "drop
list", which can then be used while forming queries. You can perform
multiple queries on a CSO server.
- WSGopher uses File Manager associations for external document viewing,
so if your PC can view PostScript, so can WSGopher. However you can still
customize or override viewers within WSGopher.
- There are many, many other features. Please consult the file
"features.txt" which is included in the distribution.
** Important legal info
Copyright (C) 1993 EG&G Idaho, Inc.
"All Rights Reserved"
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
This program was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the
United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency
thereof, nor any of their employees or contractors, makes any warranty,
express or implied, or assumes any legal liability of responsibility for the
accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product
or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately
PERMISSION TO USE, COPY, AND DISTRIBUTE THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION
FOR ANY NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSE, WITHOUT FEE, IS HEREBY GRANTED, PROVIDED THAT
THE ABOVE COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND THIS PERMISSION NOTICE APPEAR IN ALL COPIES OF
THE SOFTWARE AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, AND THAT ALL EG&G IDAHO, INC.
IDENTIFICATION IN THE USER INTERFACE REMAIN UNCHANGED. NO INTEREST IN OR TITLE
TO THIS SOFTWARE IS GRANTED HEREIN.
** What this distribution includes
The file "wsg-09f.exe" is a self extracting archive. I've found that not
everyone has the latest and greatest version of popular archiving tools, so
I've chosen this method as the one that provides the least hassle to the
greatest number of users.
The files in the archive include:
wsgopher.exe the executable
wsgopher.ini the "resource" file
Important note: this file does NOT have to be copied to
the WINDOWS directory. It can safely reside in the same
directory as the executable; but you can move it to the
WINDOWS directory if you wish.
wsgopher.hlp Incomplete, not very useful (yet)
announce.txt this file
install.txt installation instructions
features.txt A quick list of WSGopher features
powerusr.txt A guide for power users
WSGopher is (or will be) available via anonymous FTP on the following
I've placed it to the appropriate upload directories, so hopefully it will
show up soon in the directories indicated.
Look for the file "wsg-09f.exe" and be sure to transfer it with binary
The file 'install.txt' contains installation instructions. However,
since the file is included in the archive, I've included few
paragraphs here to help you get started:
Decide where on your disk you plan to install WSGopher. Let's say,
for the sake of discussion, that you make a directory c:\wsgopher and
decide to put the software there.
The file 'wsg-09f.exe' is a self extracting archive that contains the
WSGopher executable, INI file and several documentation files. Change
directory to c:\wsgopher, and execute the wsg-09f program. After
this, you will not need the wsg-09f program any longer.
[ end of excerpt ]
You are invited to read the entire file. It is short, because there's
not much you need to know to make WSGopher work for you.
** Known bugs
Known bugs are listed at the end of 'features.txt'.
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