Date of Award

Summer 1990

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Hock, Jeffrey

Second Advisor

Schneider, Susan C.

Third Advisor

Hoeppner, Bruce


A text editor is a computer program which allows a user to create and modify ASCII based computer text files. Text editors have many different uses, the majority which relate to the development of computer programs and computer batch files. Text editors typically are not used to generate documents, that purpose is usually reserved for word processors. Many computer users confuse the function of word processors with that of text editors; there are many differences between the two. The aim of this thesis is to describe the capabilities needed to produce a fully functional text editor and to design an editor which incorporates as many of these functions as is reasonably possible. The first part of this paper is a discussion of the capabilities of a number of commercially available text editors. The second part of the paper describes the capabilities which the Marquette University Text Editor should have. The final part of the paper details the design choices made in the development of the editor.



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