cctalk Digest, Vol 25, Issue 10
lproven at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 18:46:00 CDT 2016
On 11 July 2016 at 03:41, Fred <fred at miser.misernet.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Jul 2016 cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> [talk about word processors, specifically WordPerfect]
> I would LOVE to find a (hobbyist) copy of WordPerfect for OpenVMS some
> day. Back in the day I could fly through those key combos on WP 5.1 ...
Ahh, yes. I did install one instance of MS Word 5 on SCO Xenix/386.
That was... interesting. The client had 2 printers, a high-speed
dot-matrix and a slower, higher-quality one. Getting the font support
for Word working with both was a significant exercise. I think I wrote
more and longer shell scripts for that single job than all the rest of
my entire career (& hobbyist use) put together.
Word worked surprisingly well. A 9600bps Wyse-60 struggled to keep up
with Word's inverse-video highlighting, but if you were patient, or
used block select rather than character-by-character
(Ctrl+Shift+cursors instead of Shift+cursors) it could keep up.
A _lot_ of work to get it all working, and honestly, while it did
work, it didn't work particularly well. I think the client replaced
terminals with PCs + a terminal emulator for people who needed WP
functionality. They could print to the Xenix printer spools and that
worked fairly well. Some clever PC terminal emulator from James
Ah, yes, ICE.TEN I think it was:
I can't remember if I ever saw or used WordPerfect on Xenix. Maybe.
I did want to see if I could find an old copy of Word for Xenix and
run it under Xenix compatibility on a modern Linux, but I never could
find it, and I think Linux's Xenix-compatibility functionality was
quietly deprecated and dropped decades ago...
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