Fwd: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Mon Dec 1 04:21:23 CST 2014

On 2014-12-01 05:53, Ian S. King wrote:
> On Nov 30, 2014 6:10 PM, "Jacob Ritorto" <jacob.ritorto at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yeah, but troff is too hard.  I need something at least like emacs.  Or
>> preferably like wordstar.  Guess I need to check out this LEX-11.
> Hm, that's an interesting statement.  Troff is much like LaTeX: a markup
> language for formatting.  Emacs is an editor that doesn't give a wet slap
> about formatting beyond basic line structure.  I use Emacs to write and
> LaTeX to produce layout.


> But neither Emacs (originally EMACS, "eight megabytes and continuously
> swapping") nor LaTeX is ever going to run on a PDP-11.  I'm not familiar
> with LEX-11, but why not get a PDP-8 and run WPS-8?  :-)

Tsk. You should know better, Ian. EMACS stands for Editing Macros. It 
wasn't that resource hog until RMS rewrote the whole thing in C...

But yeah. TeX isn't going to fly on a PDP-11, I think. But DEC made 
WORD-11 as well, for RSX. Not that I've ever seen it live, but I have 
books that blurb about it.

And of course, you have RUNOFF.
But yes, finding out what the OP really want to accomplish would be 
good. I got totally confused by the remark about porting a "contemporary 
line printer daemon" to 2bsd as an alternative.

A line printer daemon is a totally different thing, not to mention that 
I believe that lpd already exists, and any later stuff is really worse 
than that.


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