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:

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 WHAT distribution:

When WHAT 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 WHAT.exe is, you can merely type the command:

or if you are elsewhere, type the path to the executable file and end with "what". Following "what" 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>