“It makes no sense that the word processors are still designed for the printed page” – this is the title of an amusing piece from the Motherboard blog ,complete with links to 1960s and 1970s video clips promoting the paper explosion.
The author takes us through a short history of word processing since the 1970s, and asks “for all they’ve gained, what have modern word processors lost?” He suggests the loss of simplicity.
“Since I started writing as a career, I’ve always preferred my writing tools to have a certain style – I want them as little like Microsoft Word as possible” – Ernie Smith.
Although the online world is capturing our attention with multi-modal texts, are we ready to forsake the printed word? I’m not so sure. However, I do wonder about the percentage of the features of word processing (I’m talking about Word, of course) I use – not many!