Found my favorite DOS editor

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Sep 28 22:58:31 CDT 2021

On 9/28/21 8:37 PM, John Herron via cctalk wrote:
> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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."

Mine was in assembly and Ctrol-V signified a literal character, no
matter what it was.  Wordstar has a similar feature, IIRC.

Of course, all of the I/O string handling was count+data, not "delimeted
by null", so that made it easier.


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