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WordPerfect

WordPerfect is a word processing program; at the height of its popularity in the early 1990s, it served as the de facto standard word processor, but has since been eclipsed by Microsoft Word.

Originally produced by the WordPerfect Corporation, it was sold, first to Novell and then to Corel. Soon it was bundled with Quattro Pro and other programs into an office applications suite first called Perfect Office, then WordPerfect Office. WordPerfect was late in coming to market with a Windows version, and the program suffered a decline in popularity from which it has never recovered. Amongst its remaining avid users are some law firms and a few universities. Nor did Corel's attempt to promote it as the standard word processor on Linux systems prove successful.

WordPerfect aficionados remain convinced of the superiority of their word processor of choice, pointing out the way in which the "Reveal Codes" function (which allows the user to toggle between normal editing mode and a mode in which embedded formatting commands are visible and editable) gives the power user very precise control over the text. It also has powerful features for creating tables of authorities in legal documents and correctly counts the number of words in the document, including footnotes.

Those preferring the Microsoft Office suite cited MS Office's better integration between the different programs, and WordPerfect's poor implementation of Windows conventions (in the early Windows versions of WordPerfect) and what they perceived as its lack of user-friendliness.



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