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Probably right. I used WordStar back then and now, closing in on 30 years
later, it could still do something that modern word processors can't:
Select/copy/paste a rectangle of text. A feature I found strangely
convenient back then.

WordStar needed no arrow keys, though they were supported. IIRC you used
Control-I/J/K/M for up/left/right/down. Any keyboard would do; the only
non-QWERTY key it needed was Control. You didn't even need Enter/Return
since Control-M would work.

"Ran under DOS" And CPM and others.

"was fast" On an 8088 with 128K RAM & a single floppy drive.

"once you learned all the key combinations was really powerful." Good enough
for writing books.

I loved it & used it well into the WordPerfect days.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Jim Oberholtzer <midrangel@xxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

I think that goes all the way back to the character based Wordstar
program. Ran under DOS was fast and once you learned all the key
combinations was really powerful. WordPerfect came along and killed
WordStar, along with IBMs Display Writer. Then M$Word go to version two
and it was all over but the crying......

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 8/4/2011 9:52 AM, Jerry C. Adams wrote:
Out of curiosity does anyone know who's bright idea it was to make C and
(along with Ctrl) the Copy and Paste keys? Okay, the C I understand, but
why V? P was obviously taken by 'Print' but V doesn't make any sense.
about the fourth time today (and uncounted times in the past) I have
fat-fingered the Ctrl-C when I meant to paste.

Jerry C. Adams

IBM i Programmer/Analyst

My wife and I are incompatible. She hates me when I'm drunk, and I can't
stand her when I'm sober.


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