[Coco] Re: I said *word* *processors*!!!
L. Curtis Boyle
curtisboyle at sasktel.net
Tue Feb 14 22:22:06 EST 2006
On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 21:05:07 -0600, Ward Griffiths <wdg3rd at comcast.net>
> On 02/14/2006 09:49 pm, Roger Taylor wrote:
>> At 03:59 PM 2/14/2006, you wrote:
>> >Mark Marlette <mark at ...> writes:
>> > > Leon,
>> > >
>> > > I take it you don't have the programs?
>> >Not yet. Are you taking orders again?
>> > > Buy VED if you don't.
>> >Not if it is just an editor and doesn't do any formating itself, and
>> > that's what your site seems to say. A word processor is supposed to
>> > text and get
>> >it ready to print. There should be no need for a seperate formatting
>> > program.
>> I think Vanderpoel might have designed the print formatter so that other
>> editors could use it. Hopefully VED uses the print filter seamlessly.
> Personally, I prefer that my editor and formatter be separate programs.
> I am creating text, I don't want to be deluged with all of the special
> features of a "modern" over-integrated "word processor", and I
> don't want any WYSIWYG nonsense. 85% of my text editing time is spent in
> some version or clone of vi and 10% is done on a Model 100. When I've
> got my
> text created, _then_ it's time to pretty it up. At work, that
> means sucking my text into Word. At home, I have a lot more choices. If
> it's nothing fancy, TRS-80 Model II Scripsit 2.0 is a good one. Or
> TeX. Or
> best of all, Prosoft's Allwrite! on my Model 4. That last is a program
> love to see an equivalent to on OS-9, but I'm not the programmer to do
> Is there anything close to nroff/troff available for OS-9? I haven't
> the archives lately.
> Yes, I often create text on a completely different platform than the one
> use to print it. (I hate PC keyboards -- my AT&T 7300 has the best
> in the house). Null modems and I are old and close friends.
The best "word" processor I used was Owl-Ware's Window Writer. It did have
limited WYSIWYG (centering, different colored fonts for bold, italics,
etc.). It was actually written in BASIC09, and at one point I had started
using the BASIC decompiler to make source code so that I could change it
to run on a 4 color 640x192 graphics screen instead (for Nitros9, natch),
but I didn't get all that far with it.
It shouldn't be that hard to write a semi decent one, and RS-DOS had
Max-10 which was kind of a desktop publisher/word processor combo, from
what I saw.
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