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Re: 'Death to Word'
- Subject: Re: 'Death to Word'
- From: Harry Binswanger hb@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:28:49 -0400
I wrote the first half of my book in Word and the second
half in NotaBene. NB was a great relief. It ain't perfect, and v. 9
crashes a lot when you are working inside footnotes, but it gives you the
pretty screen of Word with the familiar Xy commands, functions, values,
>But didn't MS prop up Apple for
years by continuing to develop essentially the only
heavy-duty Mac w.p., Word?
That is true. DOS MS Word is very interesting in many respects. I gather
that it was the testbed of windowing routines for Windows, and it had
mouse support before many other applications could handle a mouse, a Mac
feature. Much of the DOS MS Word stuff was to be the core of the Windows
operating system. Microsoft had an interesting vantage point over both PC
and Mac development (even OS/2 at one stage). This angered Steve Jobs who
thought that Microsoft stole the Mac idea in developing Windows.
Windows Word is a port of DOS Word, and sadly it still shows. Take for
example the clumsy headers and footers in Windows Word. A true publishing
application handles those in a different way. But as whole and for very
basic word processing, Word is ok.
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