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

L. Curtis Boyle curtisboyle at sasktel.net
Tue Feb 14 22:22:06 EST 2006

On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 21:05:07 -0600, Ward Griffiths <wdg3rd at comcast.net>  

> 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.

The best "word" processor I used was Owl-Ware's Window Writer. It did have  
limited WYSIWYG (centering, different colored fonts for bold, italics,  
etc.). It was actually written in BASIC09, and at one point I had started  
using the BASIC decompiler to make source code so that I could change it  
to run on a 4 color 640x192 graphics screen instead (for Nitros9, natch),  
but I didn't get all that far with it.
     It shouldn't be that hard to write a semi decent one, and RS-DOS had  
Max-10 which was kind of a desktop publisher/word processor combo, from  
what I saw.


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