word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)

Paul Berger phb.hfx at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 13:50:46 CDT 2016

On 2016-07-08 3:45 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> 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.
The DOS editor I really like  was originally call PE and an enhanced 
version "E" was shipped with later version of PC-DOS, there are also 
some clones of the editor floating around as well.  I still use this 
editor regularly because of its very flexible ways of selecting and 
manipulating text.


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