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From: PORTABLE 100, March 1989, pgs 8–13.
From: PORTABLE 100, March 1989, pgs 8–13.
<big>Get WordStar ''cursor control'' for TEXT.</big>
<big>''Get ''WordStar'' cursor control for ''TEXT.</big>
'''By Stan Wong'''
'''By Stan Wong'''

Revision as of 21:38, 7 November 2009

From: PORTABLE 100, March 1989, pgs 8–13.

Get WordStar cursor control for TEXT.

By Stan Wong

Repub and bugfixes, extensions by John R. Hogerhuis

I'm a WordStar addict. There is nothing flashy about the program. It's not even sexy. But I love WordStar and its arcane cursor movement and control commands. It was, and still is, one of the few word processing programs supported across many different machines and operating systems. I use it on a DEC Rainbow and a 386 PC at work. I use it on my IBM PC/XT. And I bought an NEC 8500 CP/M laptop because it had WordStar built in.

My fingers get cramps every time I use my trusty Model 100, and trying to remember the different cursor movement and editing commands drives me batty.

Well, no more!

A Diamond in the Rough

The Model 100 TEXT program already implements the famous WordStar cursor control-character "diamond" – ^S, ^E, ^D, ^X, where the caret (^) signifies holding down the CTRL key, as WordStar users know – but it doesn't go far enough.