word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 13:45:39 CDT 2016

On 8 July 2016 at 20:42, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
>> There are or were lots of odd editors for the PC. IBM E was one --
>> apparently it's quite like some mainframe tool. Came with PC-DOS and
>> was... strange.
> Originally, PC-DOS had only EDLIN, which, amazingly, was *less* powerful
> than CP/M ED.

Oh my, yes. I was quite the Edlin virtuoso in the late '80s, but then,
there really wasn't much to master.

> "E" in  PC DOS didn't come about until version 6.3 or so.  By then, MS
> had their EDIT editor which was intimately tied into QuickBASIC.

Ah yes, true. It got separated out in the NT era.

> Before that, when I typed "E" on my old PC systems, I get the Semware
> editor--a very nice tool.  I purchased it, but rarely used it.
> Another good DOS editor was VEDIT, which, IIRC, was also offered for the
> IBM Displaywriter.

Never saw them!

> I still don't like *nix vi to this very day.

Oh good, it's not just me. :-)

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