Found my favorite DOS editor

Doug Jackson doug at
Tue Sep 28 23:07:39 CDT 2021

I spent years working in field service, and this was a conversation I had
multiple times per day...

Me: Silently types 'vi <blah>' or 'edlin <blah>' depending on the platform
Client:  Wow you still use <insert name here> - You should use Qedit12005b
its the best!
me:  But the next client I visit won't have  Qedit12005b, so I would have
to install it.
Client:  .........

Got monotonous after a bit.

Kindest regards,

Doug Jackson

On Wed, 29 Sept 2021 at 13:58, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at>

> 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.
> --Chuck

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