word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)
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Fri Jul 8 12:08:31 CDT 2016
On 07/08/2016 09:20 AM, Swift Griggs wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Jul 2016, Liam Proven wrote:
>> WordStar commands for that operation would be: Mark beginning of
>> block: ^K B Mark end of block: ^K K (WordStar did not allow block
>> selection with the cursor keys.)
> AFAIK, original Wordstar didn't, but the Borland IDE and Joe does.
> Just hold down ctrl and start hitting cursor keys to cover the text
> you need to select. Badabing. You've got yourself a selection.
Wordstar allowed for "user routines" for various keyboard and display
functions. I suspect you could have made any key or combination of keys
do all sorts of strange things.
After WS on the PC, I moved to Wordstar 2000. A great product, but
utterly incompatible with WordStar (MicroPro provided a "Star Exchange"
utility with WS2K to handle conversions). Different key combinations,
options, displays entirely. But it did handle prop spacing fonts quite
nicely. I still have the instructions from a third-party outfit on how
to make WS 3.3 handle prop spacing, but it's a real kludge.
Different WP packages had their own peculiar advantages. North Star
Memorite, for example, had great footnoting.
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