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see word processorword processing,
use of a computer program or a dedicated hardware and software package to write, edit, format, and print a document. Text is most commonly entered using a keyboard similar to a typewriter's, although handwritten input (see pen-based computer) and audio input (as
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text editor

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A utility program for creating and modifying text files. This differs from a word processor in that the word processors often embed special control codes or escape sequences in the file to control formatting.

text editor

Software used to create and edit files that contain only text; for example, batch files, address lists and source language programs. Text editors produce raw ASCII or EBCDIC text files, and unlike word processors, they may not support formatting (word wrap, fonts, bold, italic, etc.).

Editors that are part of a development environment are designed for writing source code and provide automatic indention and multiple windows into the same file. They also display reserved words of a particular programming language in bold or in a different typeface, and any of these layout codes that are embedded in the file are bypassed when the program is compiled. See source code editor and hex editor.
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