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Word Processor

A computer program allowing one to write, edit and format content. One writes the content and may either print it or save it in an electronic format. Word processors developed in the 1960s and were popularized in the 1970s and 1980s. Word processing was one of the first business uses for the personal computer.

word processor

a COMPUTER software program package designed for the manipulation of text. Word processors have dramatically improved the speed with which business documents can be produced by making the correction of errors or rearrangement of blocks of text easier.
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Display-oriented word processing systems use some form of "highlighting" to indicate a user-selected block of text that is subject to editing operations; for example, a span of text that has been selected for deletion may be enclosed in a color-inverted rectangle.
With a price tag of a quarter of a million dollars or mort, for word processing systems, such purchases were not made lightly and access to the costly tools was often restricted (McCafferty 1983).
A key advantage of the new tools over dedicated word processors was that microcomputers could run both word processing and graphics software in addition to decision-support tools such as spreadsheets and databases, making them more suitable than even dedicated word processing systems for use by "knowledge workers," as Susan Briles characterized managers, writers, and editors in 1982 (Briles 1982, p.
For example, many word processing systems automatically indicate all misspelled words, relieving the operator of the responsibility of typing accurately.
About four out of 10 possess word processing systems. A like proportion use telephone modems to interface with units outside the lab.
Cir.]), the Archivist of the United States issued Bulletin 99-4, which requires that all federal agencies retool and update their existing records schedules to account for the disposition of the electronic versions of e-mail messages and word processing documents that constitute federal records.(6) Although the bulletin does not require agencies to convert to electronic recordkeeping, the effort involved in undertaking review and appraisal of thousands of existing records schedules will undoubtedly result in increased governmentwide focus and attention on what constitutes proper management and disposition of electronic versions of records created on e-mail and word processing systems.
Tell your computer people that you want information at your fingertips in a graphics environment where you can multi-task between the mainframe, document management and word processing systems. Then, for good measure, let them know that you intend to videoteleconference with other school districts from your computer desktop before the year 2000.
These products include several models of personal and professional computers and word processing systems, a wide range of laser printers, artificial intelligent scanning systems.
AdvanceWrite software offers conversion to both ASCII and IBM's Document Content Architecture to permit sharing of documents amog different word processing systems.
Cavuoto compares the coming revolution in micro publishing technology to the advent of personal computer-based word processing systems a decade ago.
Another interface issue is tied to the use of disparate search engines, which are typically not only dissimilar from those behind other CD-ROM databases but also different form the search engines behind current text management and/or word processing systems. This disparity requires the user to learn different software for each CD-ROM package accessed, and makes it relatively cumbersome to integrate search results into a word processor or other software.
After that, Quan wants to interconnect the word processing systems on campus.