WordStar family editors all use the WordStar keyboard layout, either as the default or as a supported option.
WordStar as native keyboard layout:
- AE Asm - A tiny editor for Assembly language coding
- Another Notepad - Shareware Notepad replacement with WordStar command set
- Borland IDE - The internal editor implemented in Borland's Turbo Pascal, Turbo C, Turbo Assembler, and Turbo Prolog packages.
- dte - Full-screen text editor for Unix, with WordStar key mapping
- E3 - Tiny open source editor for OS/2, DOS, Unix, and Windows
- EditKit - public domain, small editor for Linux extends edx with other keymappings
- EditPadPro - Shareware Windows editor with optional WS command set.
- EditPadLite - JGSoft's freeware Windows text editor, "lite"version of EditPadPro
- EditV - DOS editor (like Turbo Pascal Editor)
- G - Open source editor for MS-DOS and Unix with WordStar command set, regular expressions, and macros
- ICHI - MS-DOS editor designed for program code maintenance
- JED - Multiplatform text editor by John E. Davis. Runs on UNIX, VMS, DOS, and Windows platforms
- JOE - a unix editor with WordStar as its primary mode.
- [jupp] - A version of JOE from MirBSD
- Kiss Editor - Tiny console text editor with WordStar key mapping
- mined - a powerful text editor with extensive Unicode and CJK support supporting modern interface paradigms
- NewWord - Enhanced clone of WordStar with more functions
- QAndAWrite - an MS-DOS word processor once offered by Symantec
- SHH ED - Tiny freeware DOS editor with WordStar command set and limited mouse support
- sue jed - Single User Editor for the Linux Text Console
- SUE - Simple Unix Editor that acts like VDE (based on CP/M VDE surce)
- TE - Ferguson's Tiny Editor for Dos (WordStar style)
- Ted3 - Rewrite of Ted adding WordStar compatibility and other features
- TheSemwareEditor (or TSE-Pro) (formerly QEdit) is a powerful editor. NOTE: there is a Qedit for HP/3000
- TPE - Turbo Powered Editor - Freeware MS-DOS editor based on Borland's Turbo Editor Toolbox
- ue - Tiny console editor for Linux with WordStar Key mapping
- VDE - Eric Meyer's WordStar clone for CP/M and MS/DOS
- Vision Edit - Shareware DOS text editor with Borland interface
- Word Fugue - Shareware MS-DOS word processor from Australia
- Wordster - Freeware console mode text editor for Windows using WordStar command set
- WriteAndSet - a WordStar like editor with separate formatter.
- Xted - Freeware MS-DOS editor designed for inclusion in Norton Commander but usable stand alone
- ZDE - ZSystem Editor (ZCPR3- based TextEditor) based on VDE for CP/M
- Zed - a UNIX text editor from England.
WordStar command set as an option:
- Emacs - Yes, you can get a WordStar mode for Emacs...
- ME - Martin's Editor, a freeware Notepad replacement for Windows and OS/2
- NoteTab - Text and HTML editor for Windows (Pro version only)
- TDE - Thomson-Davis Editor (public domain, DOS, Windows, Linux)
- THE - The Hessling Editor, open source clone of XEDIT and KEDIT. via the fwmacros set
- Zeus has a WordStar keyboard emulation mode.
- ZeusLite - Freeware Windows text editor with syntax highlighting, MDI interface and ftp editing.
- MultiEdit - Programmer's editor with auto word wrap option for paragraphs to simulate a document mode.
- CtrlPlus - Remaps keyboard in Win98/2000 to provide WS keystrokes in many programs
- WordAddon - Plugin to provide WS keystrokes in MS Word
- WS-AHK - WordStar keyboard mapping for AutoHotkey
This family is amodal and has a famous keyboard layout called the WordStarDiamond.
family of editors was very popular on CP/M and MSDOS. Borland (and Microsoft) both support these KeyboardLayout
s in their modern Integrated Development Environments.
At one time, there were many text editors for MS-DOS using the WordStar
command set. Borland issued an editor toolkit for their Turbo Pascal language, and a number of programmers implemented editors using it.
The WordStar command set has an overlooked advantage: it is keyboard independent. If you have a QWERTY keyboard and a Control key, you can use it. Arrow keys and function keys are not required. Similar comments apply to the vi command set, for the same reason.
In both cases, there was good reason for this. Vi was written when access to a Unix system was through a dumb terminal that might not have F-keys or arrow keys. WordStar originated under CP/M, on early 8 bit microcomputers with widely varying keyboard layouts.