Prompting for menu keypresses
Programs that prompt for a menu keypress often also allow the user to enter *commands. However, most of them either only allow one *command to be entered, or you are forced to return to the menu after entering a series of *commands. This can be annoying if, for example, you want to catalogue the disk to see what files are there, and then use the program's Load option to load a file. Returning to the menu means the catalogue disappears from the screen.
Using the following code allows a user to enter multiple *commands at the menu prompt, but also to enter menu keypresses keeping the screen output visible.
REPEAT A$=GET$:IFA$="*":INPUTLINE"*"A$:OSCLIA$:PRINT":";:A$="*" A$=CHR$(ASCA$AND((A$<"a")OR&DF)) UNTILINSTR("LSQ",A$):PRINTA$ : IFA$="L":REM 'L' option IFA$="S":REM 'S' option IFA$="Q":REM 'Q' option etc.
If '*' is pressed, then the user is prompted to enter a *command, and then the prompt loops back to allow either more *commands or other menu options.
Jgharston 13:56, 30 November 2010 (UTC)