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Still missing Wylbur

The best word processor I have ever used, now some 30 years ago, was a version of Wylbur that was deployed in a writing lab at Weber State University (nee College).

The biggest differentiator from current word processors is that Wylbur is a line-based editor. (If you've every used TSO, it's like that.) This provided the ability to do something many powerful things, including the ability to print a document broken out into individual sentences. This is a fantastic way to edit and improve your writing. And it's something I do with nearly everything I have written since, accomplished by utilizing a processing script that I've written, and re-written, countless times over the years.

Well, a recent blog post by David Hewson points out that Ulysses has a "typewriter mode" which is capable, mostly, of accomplishing the same thing while editing onscreen. I already adore Ulysses, and now I have another reason to recommend it! (If only the app would now support printing the document in this way I'd have a reason to stop using my special scripts.)

If you haven't tried polishing every single sentence this way, give it a shot. It's not only very satisfying, it also allows you to really focus on what you're trying to convey. Sometimes you really do need to see each tree in the forest.

Comments

Nate Pomeroy

Line by line writing/editing is one of the things I liked to do when writing DITA XML in plain text markup mode. The editing view didn't carry into the output build.
I could put each sentence on its own line to see each sentence, but also it helped me find content diffs easier because "line changed" flags went to a single sentence rather than a whole paragraph.

I'm really digging what I'm hearing about Ulysses.

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