Favourite text based word processing software

Jerry Kemp other at oryx.cc
Fri Dec 12 13:03:53 CST 2014

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available on DOS, OS/2 and several Unix flavors.


On 12/11/14 05:38 PM, Mark Wickens wrote:
> Hello group
> I'm toying with the idea of writing a simple word processing package along
> the lines of Wordstar for my Retrochallenge 2015/01 entry.
> I have used many word processing packages over the years on many machines
> from 8-bit machines to mainframes. Within the following bounds I'd love to
> know the packages that have been the favourite of list members over the
> years and why.
> If I implement this I'd be looking to keep within the following bounds:
> * text only - ideally support VT terminal 80x24 or 132x24/36/48 or DOS
> 80x25 display size.
> * two printer drivers - text only and Epson LQ (or possibly IBM Proprinter)
> * support small range of printer specific fonts
> * support proportional text
> So a little more than a text-editor but only enough to support simple
> formatting and styles (bold, italic, underline for example).
> Ideally I'd like to implement a clean, logical design without many 'bells
> and whistles' concentrating on the core functionality.
> Kind regards, Mark.

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