Console or terminal text editor ala emacs or WP51
Hello, as I have fully migrated from MSWin to Linux, I am testing the various word processors and offices suites. But I am a nostalgic fellow, and I miss the feeling of good ol' Word Perfect 5.1. I know there are tons of console or terminal based text processor, like emacs, but I wish to hear some words of advice before trying the hundred of packages out there. I am very interested in something the most similar to WP51, in commands, features, etc. Emacs gave me a lot of learning work, and have not too much time for that right now. Many thanks!
wp51 equivalents in Linux
Hello. Yes, I find OpenOffice.org to be quite slow. It's a huge program. Likewise, I find Abiword a bit slow too.
Anyway, the only programs that I can think of that are somewhat similar to WP51 are nano, or pico. They are both text editors that are run in the terminal. Pico is a part of the email program pine, whereas nano, which is based on pico, runs on its own (and has a few more functions.)
Neither nano, nor pico, come anywhere close to having the same functionality of WordPerfect 5.1, unfortunately. WP51 allowed for document merging, tables, underlining, bolding, italics, footnotes, etc. It did basically what most word processors do today, but used a fraction of the computer's resources to accomplish these tasks. And did it faster. Less is more, as they say.
Latex (or tetex-latex) has the same functionality, but is extremely complicated (and, therefore, not recommended). The closest is probably emacs, and it's a nightmare to understand. It does have a tutorial, though.
There doesn't seem anything in the middle of nano and emacs, I'm afraid, for non-gui word processors.
The other thing to try is installing and running WP51 under dosemu.