It’s amazing what you can find with a few “apt-cache search” commands…

WordGrinder says it’s a “word processor for processing words”. It’s a terminal application with a textual UI. Yes, it honours terminal background colours, so I get a nice white-on-blue WordPerfect 5.1-esque experience. No fancy formatting. Paragraphs separated by one blank line. Can do UTF-8. It also supports putting multiple documents in one file.

In short, it looks like the perfect environment that I’ve been crying for. WYSIWYG software these days seems to be more about a bad attempt at typesetting than actually processing words.

So what am I waiting for? Um… I need it running on Debian 4.0 and also on Linux tty (the program doesn’t seem to work all that well on a Latin-1 xterm, so I suppose it won’t work too well on the equally Latin-1-hostile setup on my old laptop).

Also, I looked at the file saved by the application and almost posted the whole thing to thedailywtf.com. I’d prefer to have my stuff in a format that you can fix with the proverbial “vi and toothpick”.

Yet, it looks quite promising! sigh for now, time to get back to the regularly scheduled xemacs21’ing until this software matures a bit…