keyboard input and arithmetic operations using assembly language

I am playing with assembly language and I can read single digits from the keyboard and perform arithmetic operations on them and get sensible answers if the result is not greater than 9 because I read the numbers as ascii characters. I would like to be able to handle larger numbers. How can I go about doing this?

My current simple program is as follows. I expect the program that would read numbers of any size  and perform arithmetic calculations on them would be different and more complex.

jmp start
msg: db "Enter first number",13,10,"$"
msg2: db "Enter Second number",13,10,"$"

start:
;ask for first number
mov ah,09 ;
lea dx,msg ;display prompt
int 21h  

;read first number
mov ah,01 ;
int 21h
mov dl, al ;
push dx ;preserve the data in dl

;prompt for second number
mov ah,09 ;
lea dx,msg2 ;load second message
int 21h    ;dos interrupt


;read second number
mov ah,01 ;request keyboard input
int 21h


sub al,30h ;convert ascii to actual integer
pop dx
add dl, al


;display the sum of the two numbers
mov ah,2        
int 21h
int 20h ;end program
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kenspencerCommented:
Hi,
I suggest you do a buffered keyboard input and convert the input string (you may want to verify that it's a number and within a certain range) to a number.  Then you should be able to add the numbers, convert the result to a string and display it.  All I am doing here is describing the methodology (rather than providing code) -- this is to encourage you to experiment more.

Ken
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