Library of Congress: “Wow, it’s WordStar!” Exploring a Beloved Early Word Processor and its Many Formats

Library of Congress: “Wow, it’s WordStar!” Exploring a Beloved Early Word Processor and its Many Formats . “Over the course of our Junior Fellowship this summer, we have focused on a variety of streams of work around the Library of Congress’ Sustainability of Digital Formats website. The site contains an extensive list of commonly used file formats, wrappers, and encodings. There are thousands of these created by legacy equipment and software that present challenges in identification, preservation, and use. Among these is the file format produced by the now-defunct word processing platform WordStar.”

In-Browser Alternatives to Google Docs

From Digital Trends: The Five Best Free Alternatives to Google Docs that Run In Your Browser. One that wasn’t mentioned here is what I use to write ResearchBuzz: Writer ( https://writer.bighugelabs.com/ ) I move between computers so much that I wanted to have something I could easily keep open, that provided spellcheck without a lot of formatting nonsense, and that was easy to use. If you just need text editing, I heartily recommend Writer. (And I pay for a Pro account; this is not a paid endorsement. They probably have no idea who I am.)

SI Archives Blog on Managing Word Processing Files

The Smithsonian Institution Archives blog has some hints for archiving born digital word processing files. “Throughout the years, we have written about our digitized and born-digital materials that include images, video, architectural drawings or CAD, and websites. We have not touched upon the preservation of word-processing documents very much, though. Most do not find them as exciting as an image of a Smithsonian event, a drawing of the plans for a museum, or an animal video from the National Zoological Park. So, they can get overlooked as something that needs digital preservation. However, consider all the typing we do on a computer either at work or at home. Some of those digital documents do have long-term value.”