cctech Digest, Vol 18, Issue 7 -- DOS/Win3.X Text Editors

From: Barry Watzman <>
Date: Wed Feb 9 12:16:13 2005

I always liked the old MicroPro "Word-Master" editor, the text editing
precursor of Word-Star. It has CP/M's "ED" text mode plus a full screen
video mode. It was never offered for DOS, however, as far as I know.

So decades ago (1980's) I disassembled the 8080 version, converted the
source code to 8086 code, changed the OS from CP/M to MS-DOS and I've used
it ever since. Originally it worked perfectly, but sometime around DOS 6
there was a change it DOS that causes it not to properly exit when you are
done, and you end up with a file problem that has to be cleaned up manually.
It's still useable, however, and I use it occasionally to this day (yes,
under Windows XP on a Hyper-threading Pentium 4)(it's very fast running that
way). I keep thinking that someday I might even go back into the source
code and clean up the file closing problem.
Received on Wed Feb 09 2005 - 12:16:13 GMT

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