Found my favorite DOS editor

John Herron barythrin at
Tue Sep 28 22:37:39 CDT 2021

For those of you who wrote your own editors. How did you display special
ASCII characters? Years ago, In highschool I tried writing a hex editor (in
qbasic so this may have been the problem) but when display anything that
had a function like chr 07 it would activate instead of display. I gave up
since I couldn't figure it out other than writing directly to video memory.

On Tue, Sep 28, 2021, 8:13 PM Van Snyder via cctalk <cctalk at>

> On Tue, 2021-09-28 at 15:49 -0700, Guy Sotomayor via cctalk wrote:
> > Since EMACS has a full programming language (elisp), you can write
> > anything you want in it (mail readers, browsers, calendar apps, other
> > editors, etc)
> Years ago, one of my colleagues showed me a pocket reference card
> jesting about "hello world."
> At the end of the description of "GNU hello" was a remark "and like any
> self-respecting program, it has a built-in mail reader."

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