From: Ward Griffiths and/or Lisa Rogers <>
Date: Sat Jun 14 22:27:42 1997

On Sat, 14 Jun 1997, Sam Ismail wrote:

> I've been meaning to ask this: Why the hell is that program called
> "Scripsit"? I can't think of a stupider name.

Damfino. It was the official name of every word processing program ever
written in Fort Worth. I started with the cassette version on the Mod 1
with 16k (left 4017 bytes for text once the program was loaded) and never
touched a typewriter after, except to help a friend lift an old Selectric
over the edge of a Dumpster(tm). Scripsit for the Model 2 in my arrogant
opinion was the best writer's word processor ever run on a Z-80. Isaac
Asimov did his last 150-200 books using it -- none of that fancy crap
about proportional print, kerning or multiple fonts -- what a writer
needed was 10-pitch, ragged margins, double-spaced and a clean printout
for the editor which the Daisy Wheel Printer II was far better at than any
of these new-fangled laser things for producing. Scripsit-16 was even
better in some ways, but writers didn't want to learn Xenix. (That
program was unique in that it was the first serious application ported
from Unix to MS-DOS instead of the other way around like Wordperfect and
Samna). I'll admit for my own _use_ rather than _support, my favorite was
AllWrite by ProSoft, which I used for years on my old 4p. But Scripsit
was (in _ALL_ of its incarnations -- it was a different product from the
core on the 1/3/4 line, 2/12, 16/6000 Xenix then MS-DOS, and Color
Computer -- same name, different product on four architectures --
SuperScripsit being a very different [and faulty] can of worms) Radio
Shack's only name for its home-brewed word processing programs. The word
itself is a tense of "to write" in Latin. Do a web search (_ANY_ engine
-- I've checked) and most of the hits you'll get on the keyword "scripsit"
are documents in that language or by SCA members. The rest are mostly
trivia, but one was a good article on classic computers and software by a
New Mexico stringer for the New York Times, URL not presently at hand.

If anybody's got a copy of AllWrite or Scripsit-PC (I want to check them
out with the sundry emulators under Linux -- AllWrite should be fun
running in a TRS-DOS emulator running in an MS-DOS emulator) I'm really
looking for them. My AllWrite disappeared in a move, and I never thought
to acquire Scripsit-PC (I never expected to have a system that was PC
compatible, in honest truth -- but then Linux appeared, with _source
code_). Oh, and if anyone has a copy of "The Source" to LS-DOS that can
be spared (I _knew_ I should have bought it when Roy was closing it out!)
I'm looking for that too.
Ward Griffiths
"America is at that awkward stage.  It's too late to work within 
the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." --Claire Wolfe
Received on Sat Jun 14 1997 - 22:27:42 BST

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