[CentOS] Word Perfect [Was: Novell sale news?]
centos at celestial.com
Tue Nov 23 12:49:27 EST 2010
On Tue, Nov 23, 2010, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
>On Mon, 2010-11-22 at 22:09 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> On 11/22/10 9:57 PM, John R. Dennison wrote:
>> > On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 09:29:12PM -0500, Michael Semcheski wrote:
>> >> Windows only, unfortunately.
>> > When did they stop publishing *nix versions? I worked
>> > extensively with that monstrosity 15-16 years ago on
>> > SCO / MWC Coherent.
>> I don't think they ever did a real native *nix verson - they had a slightly
>> custom version of wine wrapped around the windows code. And there was some
>> strange Microsoft involvement in the Corel company too - probably why you
>> haven't heard much from them.
>I'm pretty sure they did have such a version; WP was the first 'real'
>word processor available for LINUX. I ran it on a LINUX host and a
>dozen or so NCD X-terminals. It worked, but I can't imagine anyone
>having been a fan. It was slow, clunky, and just ugly.
WordPerfect was available for SCO Xenix decades ago. I wrote a
conversion program to convert Radio Shack Scripsit files to WP
4.3 which was pretty much the Lingua Franca of WP files in the
late 1980s and early '90s (amazingly I sold a copy of this within
the last 6 months to a police department that had been using
>And as for reveal codes... OOo has a mode that displays non-printable
>characters. Beyond that I just don't see the point. OOo's document
>collaboration and versioning tools are far and away better than what I
>recall from WP.
WP users *LOVED* reveal codes as it allows people to see exactly
what's going on under the hood, and even fix some things when the
files get out of whack. I answered the phone one time, and the
opening from the caller was ``I want Reveal Codes''.
I have never used word processing programs for much of anything
serious, using vim and groff or docbook xml for most things.
Back when I was managing Radio Shack Computer Centers, I got
pretty good with Scripsit, mostly so I could sell and answer
people's questions (and was a whiz with VisiCalc and MultiPlan :-).
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