Re: [OT] A literary history of word processing
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Joseph Bush <konajoe@...> wrote:
> The quote by Darren Wershler, 'Writing about word processing when that's how you write is like trying to write about the back of your own head' really gave me a chuckle. So I'm wondering if you got a similar feeling writing about WordPerfect?Good point, but all I remember is that I was able to write it quickly, and it was a lot of fun to do.
- We've come a long way.
Type Slowly: Word Processing and Literary Composition - The Los...
- Thanks, John!
I enjoyed that.
One other early user of WP was Piers Anthony, who occasionally mentioned
what he was using
in the fringes of his books (again, like Niven and Pournelle, in SFF:
science fiction/fantasy border
area). It may have something to do with his prolificacy. A few days ago I
thought: there's a Piers
Anthony book I haven't read, I wonder if it's on Amazon (silly
question!?)... and found there are
about FIFTY that I haven't read.
One point which is not made is the important step which no longer occurs:
transition between the MS or typewriter output and the printable document,
at which point many
new errors would appear, whether the transcription was done by human or (in
the transition era
of WP) by OCR.
Remember shrdlu? And where it came from?
This type of error still occurs in the conversion from book and magazine
form to internet
archiving (Google Books, for instance). A few months ago I came across on
the internet an
article which I wrote for an obscure Forth magazine several decades
earlier, which someone had
archived evidently using word-recognition software (but Forth is not
English! Also, any instances
of 0 [zero] had been omitted). Total gobbledygook! Some day I may find the
original and send it
to them, if I still have it. But many of my old WP files are on DOS II
disks, if no one has thrown
them out.... I think that one was pre-Macintosh.