[Coco] Re: I said *word* *processors*!!!

Ward Griffiths wdg3rd at comcast.net
Tue Feb 14 22:05:07 EST 2006

On 02/14/2006 09:49 pm, Roger Taylor wrote:
> At 03:59 PM 2/14/2006, you wrote:
> >Mark Marlette <mark at ...> writes:
> > > Leon,
> > >
> > > I take it you don't have the programs?
> >
> >Not yet. Are you taking orders again?
> >
> > > Buy VED if you don't.
> >
> >Not if it is just an editor and doesn't do any formating itself, and
> > that's what your site seems to say. A word processor is supposed to edit
> > text and get
> >it ready to print. There should be no need for a seperate formatting
> > program.
> I think Vanderpoel might have designed the print formatter so that other
> editors could use it.  Hopefully VED uses the print filter seamlessly.

Personally, I prefer that my editor and formatter be separate programs.  When 
I am creating text, I don't want to be deluged with all of the special 
features of a "modern" over-integrated "word processor", and I _especially_ 
don't want any WYSIWYG nonsense.  85% of my text editing time is spent in 
some version or clone of vi and 10% is done on a Model 100.  When I've got my 
text created, _then_ it's time to pretty it up.  At work, that unfortunately 
means sucking my text into Word.  At home, I have a lot more choices.  If 
it's nothing fancy, TRS-80 Model II Scripsit 2.0 is a good one.  Or TeX.  Or 
best of all, Prosoft's Allwrite! on my Model 4.  That last is a program I'd 
love to see an equivalent to on OS-9, but I'm not the programmer to do it.  
Is there anything close to nroff/troff available for OS-9?  I haven't checked 
the archives lately.

Yes, I often create text on a completely different platform than the one I'll 
use to print it.  (I hate PC keyboards -- my AT&T 7300 has the best keyboard 
in the house).  Null modems and I are old and close friends.
Ward Griffiths    wdg3rd at comcast.net

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