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When WordPerfect 5.x arrived, there was even the ability to display a
graphic preview (almost WYSIWYG) display of the printed output on a normal
character screen - and this was available not only for DOS versions, but on
a wide variety of platforms such as the then popular DEC and DG terminals.

You are trying to defend a text processor which stores text in a proprietary encoding in the obscured format. Comparing to this, MS Word which used easy and open file format was a clear winner.

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