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The distinction between text editor, hyper text markup language, word
processor, desktop publishing, etc is getting blurred as the program's
authors keep adding features. You say there are differences, but are not
very clear as to what they are.

A text editor is the simplest in that a text editor does not format, color,
or enhance the text. It is just the simplest type of program to enter text
and will not support the insertion of graphics, sound, or video. Any format
modifications will effect the entire document. A text editor jumps the
boundary to word processor when it can mark format changes within a

A word processor allows the modification of a character, word, paragraph, or
document for display or printing. Usually the display and the printed output
are similar. Text, graphics, charts, video, and sound may be inserted in an
advanced word processor document. The hyper text markup language is a subset
designed for publishing on the internet and read by a web browser.

Desktop publishing programs allow the maximum flexibility in positioning
elements in a document meant to be printed. To allow for the best fit, the
desktop publishing program allows the moving of characters, words, images,
etc. The distinctions are again blurred with the advent of hypermedia
publishing and enhancements of word processor programs.

As enhancements and improvements occur, the distinctions will become more
difficult to discern. Text editors may remain as text only for display or
printing. Desktop publishing may remain as anything printable. Everything
else will only be limited by the intended end use; display, print, webpage,
multi-media, etc.

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