Sunday, March 16, 2008

People do customize their command window, ya know...


How easy it is to assume that the user would've standard command window configuration? As seen in the screen-shot above, I ran a tool from Windows DDK (the tool ironically is called LooksGood) and it changed my cmd window color scheme to what it assumed looks good Wink

This used to be a common problem when implementing TSRs in the days of  yore. And, one normally took care to store the original forecolor and backcolor of the user's DOS screen.

I wonder how many of the new programmers who are now using ConsoleColor and Console.ForeColor might have even heard of TSRs let aside building one.

Anyway, this slipped as part of a tool built by Microsoft is the other irony :) But to do justice to the developer, it is just a tool to assist in development of a printer driver. And, the intended audience is also quite limited. After all, how many people in this world would run a tool to compare the output of a Raster Image Processor (RIP) to a known good source? Unless of course you are implementing an XPS printer! Wink (


If you are looking at customizing your cmd window, try the following two links...

Stupid Command Prompt Tricks

Using Consolas as the Windows Console Font

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