announcing: Rita The Reader

Thomas Stivers stivers_t at
Wed Jun 2 16:44:37 EDT 2004

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On Jun 02 2004  4:10 PM, Chuck Hallenbeck wrote:
> This initial version does not yet support continuous reading.
> It's a worthwhile suggestion though and I may play with that idea
> a little.

You could have a .reta/retarc file which contains a delay value that is
user configurable. having looked at the code it looks like this
shouldn't be too hard.

Another feature I would find useful is if rita could use terminfo or
some such to see how big my terminal is and use all the lines. I use a
48x128 screen and would like to at least get 47 lines per page even if
lines wrap at 80.

> The problem, as I said to Jacob, is to figure out how fast to
> automatically move to a new screen. I personally find that the
> obligation to press the space bar every couple of minutes keeps
> me awake! I have sometimes dozed off while listening to a tape,
> only to come to when the story has gone off to goodness knows
> where. But if there is sufficient interest, I guess I could see
> what I could do.

I think we've all dozed a bit listening to tapes, especially some of the
readers I have heard. Sometimes I think it is a race to see who falls
asleep first, the reader or me.

- -- 
"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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