[Tutor] Changing text colors on WinXP py2.6.2

Tim Golden mail at timgolden.me.uk
Tue Oct 13 16:19:09 CEST 2009

Mark Tolonen wrote:
> "Tim Golden" <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote in message 
> news:4AD471E6.7050304 at timgolden.me.uk...
>> Alan Gauld wrote:
>>> "Tim Golden" <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote
>>>> No. ANSI escapes don't work on Windows.
>>> Wouldn't the ANSI codes work if ANSI.SYS were loaded?
>>> I thought you could still load ANSI.SYS it just wasn't normally there? 
>>> The help system says you should load it in config.nt with:
>>> device=c:\winnt\system32\ansi.sys But I admit I've never tried it - I 
>>> didn't even like ANSI.SYS when I was using DOS!
>> (from memory). I'm fairly sure that even that
>> no longer works. When this question last came
>> up I think we went round that loop and discovered
>> that it didn't. Happy to be wrong. :)
> That still works, but it only ever worked for command.com (the 16-bit 
> command interpreter that still comes with Windows XP).  A 16-bit DOS program 
> or a batch file explicitly run under command.com can still use ANSI excapes.

Thanks for the info; hopefully I'll remember it the next
time this question gets asked!


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