Home written editors (was Re: Where to buy a Selectric?)
trixter at oldskool.org
Fri Dec 30 22:24:25 CST 2005
Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner wrote:
> I've written some specialized input routines---mainly to handle dated
> numerical input (okay, a program to process lottery numbers, years before
> the Internet made such information readily available). But not general
> purpose text editing.
You should; it's quite fun depending on what your needs are. I coded a
VI clone for my personal use on my 8088 because the clones (CALVIN)
didn't have enough featuers or work properly, and the Unix-to-DOS ports
(Elvis) were so. slow. you. waited. three. seconds. after. each.
keypress. for. feedback. before. the. keyboard. buffer. overflowed.
Quite annoying. To this day I have no idea what Elvis does when you hit
a keystroke (never looked at the code) but it must be much more than
simply inserting a character!
Jim Leonard (trixter at oldskool.org)
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