Version 2.3 of Ted, an easy rich text processor for Unix/X-Windows

As posted to C.O.L.A.

Version 2.3 of Ted, an easy rich text processor for Unix/X-Windows

Description of Ted

Ted is a text editor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems.  Ted
was developed as an operating system accessory a little more advanced than
Wordpad on MS-Windows. In our opinion, the possibility to type a letter or
a note on a Unix/Linux machine is clearly missing.  Only too often, you
have to turn to a Windows machine to write a letter or an e-mail message.
Teds function is to be able to edit rich text documents on Unix/Linux in a
wysiwyg way.

Changes since version 2.2

Compared to version 2.2, 2.3 is yet another usability update. Apart
from yet more improvements in the user interface, support for the
following was added/improved:
* Printing of tables.
* Support for space before/after paragraphs.
* X11 servers with a 'depth' that is not a multiple of 8
  supported. Better cooperation with widow managers that do
  not force a window to fit on the screen.
* Displaying and printing of metafile pictures that are not
  just a bitmap.
* Embedded png and jpeg pictures.
* A multitude of little annoyances were removed.
* Better conformance to commonly accepted user interface

Changes since version 2.0

Compared to version 2.0, 2.2 does not offer much more functionality.
Many little features have been added, and a myriad of bugs has been
fixed. The user interface has been polished a lot to improve Teds

The compilation procedure has been improved a lot, and Ted has
been tested with LessTif.

To my own modest opinion, Ted is really easy to use and of good

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Details on Ted

Ted is a text editor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems.
Compatibility with popular MS-Windows applications played an important
role in the design of Ted. Every document produced by Ted should be
accepted as a legal .rtf file by Word without any loss of formatting
or information.   Compatibility in the other direction is more
difficult to achieve. Ted supports most basic text formatting, as
supported by the Microsoft applications. Other formatting instructions
and meta information are ignored.

*)  By ignoring unsupported formatting Ted tries to get the complete
    text of a document on screen. Ted can be used to read formatted
    e-mail sent from a Windows machine to Unix, or as an RTF viewer
    in Netscape.
*)  Most of the ignored information is not saved either when you modify
    and then save an RTF document with Ted.

I hope that you will find Ted useful.


* Wysiwyg rich text editing. You can use all fonts for which
  you have a .afm file and that are available as an X11 font.
  Ted is delivered with .afm files for the Adobe fonts that
  are available on Motif systems and in all postscript printers:
  Times, Helvetica, Courier and Symbol. Other fonts can be
  added with the normal X11 procedure. Font properties like
  bold and italic are supported; so is underlining.
* Ted uses Microsoft RTF as its native file format. Microsoft
  Word and Wordpad can read files produced by Ted. Usually Ted
  can read .rtf files from Microsoft Word and Wordpad. As Ted
  does not support all features of Word, some formatting
  information might be lost.
* In line pictures.
* Postscript printing.
* Spelling checking in several Latin languages. (English, Dutch,
  German, Portuguese, French and Spanish.)
* Directly mailing documents from Ted.
* Cut/Copy/Paste, also with other applications.
* Find/Replace.
* Ruler: Paragraph indentation, Indentation of first line, Tabs.
  Copy/Paste Ruler.
* Page breaks.
* Tables: Insert Table, Row, Column. Changing the column width of
  tables with their ruler.
* Symbols and accented characters are fully supported.
* Hyperlinks.
* Saving a document in HTML format.

For a detailed description and a manual, refer to the readme files  in plain
text, HTML or RTF format.

February 28, 1999
Mark de Does.