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

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Fri Dec 5 02:10:21 CST 2014

On 2014-12-04 19:48, Shoppa, Tim wrote:
> DEC sold WPS-8 which ran on PDP-8's, which was kinda WYSIWYG (rulers etc), but I don't know of anything quite up the WYSIWYG alley for the -11's.

I seem to remember seeing something like WPS for PDP-11 as well. And for 
the Professional you had Prose.
For Micro/RSX there was something called A-to-Z Word.

I'm pretty sure there was one or two other things from DEC as well, but 
I can't recall right now.

> Most common on an -11 was a basic text editor plus DECUS runoff (which most often just formatted for a line or dot matrix printer).

That was probably the most common setup, yes.

> DECUS runoff for the PDP-11 (at least in late 70's was under the DECUS text processing SIG) is obviously a reimplementation of most common features of PDP-10-ish DSR . I don't know if DEC ever officially had DSR for the PDP-11. DSR = "Digital Standard Runoff".

Nope. DEC never offered DSR on PDP-11 systems, as far as I know.

> DECUS runoff has a lot in common with DSR and the other "classic" runoffs but I've never done an actual entymology to see what is unique and what is common between them for a lineage.

The offerings from DECUS was more of a superset of DSR. But they are 
unrelated as far as source goes, I believe.


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