Configuring WHAT's Settings at Startup (27-Jun-15)
This document is currently describing WHAT
as it had been distributed prior to 2015, when OWL2 was the lexicon
for North America competitive Scrabble®.
When you first acquire the
WHAT program, it comes with many default settings,
most of which we expect you will like, but you are welcome to personalize
the configuration to suit your needs. You can even set up more than one
way in which to start up
WHAT, so that you have more than one configuration.
There are two methods of configuring
WHAT on a long-term basis, namely
how it will start up when you run it:
- make settings in
WHAT's initialization file,
- prepare a command file which runs when WHAT starts up.
You may want to make a different program icon for your desktop for each
of the variations you support on your computer.
The controls over the settings that you have using these methods should
be sufficient. Please let us know if there is some setting you cannot make
which is something you would like to change.
A word of warning - other users of
WHAT may want to use your program, and
you deserve to have a way of starting up
WHAT in a way that is very close
to how it is distributed.
These are the settings you get with the
- The primary lexicon is lexicon 9, which is OWL2.
- The secondary lexicon is lexicon 1, which is TWL98.
- There is an indication on words that are in the secondary lexicon.
- The indicator to be used is a plus sign.
- The sought definitions file is named
and it is expected to be in the same directory as
- The filename prefix for recording challenged words is:
It is very likely you will want to change this, especially to
include a directory spec. In the absence of a directory spec (where
the spec includes a slash or colon),
the file is created in the directory known via environment variables
On a Vista system, this usually is directory:
On an XP system, this is usually directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user-name>.
- The time periods section of this file has a commented out line, but if
the comment character is removed, the line will specify
the recording of challenged words is on is every
Thursday starting at 6 p.m. for 10 hours.
This applies to challenges handled when they are not tourney
adjudications (with the Challenge Dialog taking over the program).
When challenged words are being recorded based on these time periods, it
operates in the mode of reverting to the Challenge Dialog when there
is no activity for 30 seconds. This can be disabled or the duration
may be changed via the File menu.
- There is no specified default directory where files are sought for
import or export.
- The workspace font is Courier New.
- The workspace font size is 16.
- Long workspace lines are wrapped. Beware that cutting and pasting of
wrapped lines does not work - this is considered a low-priority bug.
- Some of the function keys have been assigned; all cause an automatic
completion with the Enter key:
starts, it can read a command file based on a command line
argument. This is way to initialize other settings of the program that
are controlled via commands. You can start the
WHAT program by
double-clicking its icon, or you can invoke it from a DOS prompt. If
your current working directory is where
is, you can merely type the command:
or if you are elsewhere, type the path to the executable file and end
you may supply an argument to the program
to direct it to begin by executing a particular command file, using a
DOS command of this form:
what -x <filename>