"FIRST"??!? (Was: word processor history -- interesting article
cisin at xenosoft.com
Wed Jul 6 16:13:30 CDT 2016
jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu writes:
> Depends what you mean by "word processor". If you mean 'software
> intended to format text', you need to look back to things like TJ2:
> and 'runoff', both circa 1963. Much earlier than any of the 'word
> this person wrote about.
On Wed, 6 Jul 2016, COURYHOUSE at aol.com wrote:
> Many people used program editors to write articles and books in the
> early days! Myself included... Ed#
THAT article is writing about the "first"
well known (that he knew of),
to use a "home computer" for word processing,
to write a published,
best selling book.
AND be publicized for doing so, since merely submitting a manuscript
doesn't count once the publisher has re-typed it, nor would anybody know
So, who would be the "first" to meet that author's criteria?
In 1969, at Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Bldg 26) had cow-
orkers using Selectric terminals on timesharing to do text editing,
but I don't think that any of them ever got published.
In late 1971, I knew a guy using a Silent 700, acoustic coupled to
who-knows-where. But, the lower case was so bad, that it needed to be
printed out on something else before showing his work to anybody.
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