Favourite text based word processing software

Ian S. King isking at uw.edu
Fri Dec 12 19:13:58 CST 2014

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM, B Degnan <billdeg at buzz1.com> 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.
> <snip> > 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.
> Mark,


> As far as formatting to the printer goes, I suggest you include the
> capacity to enter printer codes manually so that you can use most any type
> of printer that accepts them.  I remember inserting codes into programs
> that were used for a specific printer that way.  If you have the manual and
> given you're talking simple print capabilities you would not need to supply
> drivers.
> Bill

For low resource AND cognitive overhead, how about using either LaTeX or
HTML tagging, which could then be interpreted in a simple mapping table for
a given printer?  By not implementing all of the bells and whistles of
either syntax, one could create something that's lightweight and
sufficiently expressive.

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS
Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School
University of Washington

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