[rescue] text processing history - was Re: Wanted: VT1xx power switch
brevard at 1or0.com
Sun May 21 10:58:37 CDT 2017
At 09:31 AM 5/21/2017, Mouse wrote:
> These were a multi-window text editor, a spell checker, and a
> formatting program that closely resembled NROFF (which I was using
> the time on a VAX 11/780 under VMS).
Sure that was nroff? I suspect it was more likely RUNOFF....
Apologies for my lax use of case in the names. I'm sure I haVE sOMe donE
I realize now I was thinking of nroff / troff which I had to use for
system documentation a few years after that. I'm pretty sure that was
initially on BSD 4.x running on a VAX 11 /750 moving to some early SUN 3
equipment shortly thereafter.
Hey! It was 35 years ago.
Some searching shows what I used prior to that was in fact RUNOFF which
processed DSR - DIGITAL Standard Runoff - files.
BTW... to prepare the files (as well as work on code) I used INed as a
"quarter-plane) editor on a Televideo terminal and then RUNOFF to format
and drive a...
... daisy-wheel printer.
Note that EDIX (on MS-DOS) resembled INed in that it could split the
screen horizontally and/or vertically for up to four file buffers open at
Once we started using troff at my next job, my files were initially all
edited with Zmacs on a Symbolics LISP Machine.
Zmacs was part of the ZWEI text-processing package - "ZWEI Was Eine
Initially." And Eine was "Eine Is Not Emacs". Gotta love those MIT folks,
I still have the printed version of the documentation generated with
RUNOFF for our digital simulator project. It even has ASCII art
Danged if I know what ever happened to the source file.
And... for the record I am not now nor have I ever been a TeX / LaTeX
We went from troff to Framemaker on Sun 4 for subsequent projects.
I still have access to Framemaker <something> on Windows and one of my
partners with a heavy "tech pubs" background uses the newest version to
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