Chapter 27. Word Processing (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…)

Sorry, but I just had to use that famous opening from Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (written in 1830). Those famous words were made even more famous (infamous?) by Charles M. Schulz's Snoopy, that barn-storming, literary beagle. They just seem fitting, considering this chapter's topic: word processors.

Word processors run the gamut in terms of complexity, from simple programs that aren't much more than text editors to full-blown desk-top publishing systems. Users coming from the Microsoft world are most likely to use OpenOffice Writer, part of the suite. I'm using version 1.1 to write this book. is actually the free sibling of the commercial ...

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