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

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Mon Dec 1 20:57:58 CST 2014

On 2014-12-02 03:51, Jerome H. Fine wrote:
>  >Noel Chiappa wrote:
>> [Snip]
>>    > There was also a TECO version available for the PDP-11's running
>>    > (and likely others)
>> There was a 'visual TECO' running on the V6 Unix at MIT; that's what
>> we used
>> before the EMACS came along. I don't know the background of it, if it
>> shares
>> any history with the one you mentioned.
>>> From the (slim) manual I have for it, it seems to have had both TECO
>>> mode
>> (the usual TECO command interface, the stuff that looks like line
>> noise), and
>> a visual mode, just like primitive EMACS. (Probably only supported
>> VT52's,
>> though.) The latter mode had some built-in command keys, and there
>> were also
>> macro packages to extend it (again, just like primitive EMACS,
>> although those
>> for the PDP-11 Unix TECO were not as sophisticated).
>> That's all almost certainly on the tape too, if anyone cares! :-)
> Since the "Subject" specified "word processing software", I assumed that
> would exclude TECO which I regard as a "text editor" (although Johnny
> strongly disagrees since his concept is a "line editor" - if I remember
> correctly).

I would perhaps disagree since TECO is a programming language, and 
whatnot. But I don't object to calling it a text editor as well. I'm not 
sure what distinction to a line editor would be. Did you perhaps have an 
argument with someone else, and mixed it up with me? :-)


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