It’s that whole Reveal Codes thing

And you thought your workplace was retarded for using IE 6:

I have just learned, to my astonishment, that half the lawyers in New York create their documents in WordPerfect. That is not a typo.

I may as well admit here that I still have a copy of WP 5.1 for DOS; the executable (a mere 213k) is dated 6 November 1989. Apparently the last time I used it for anything was in 1999; I have a ZIP file of correspondence that was created in 1991.

Alas, I gave away my copy of WordStar, which I acquired along with a brace of Osborne 1s back in the Jurassic period.

Now to do something about those pesky IE 6 users.


  1. McGehee »

    8 January 2011 · 9:20 am

    I still miss the PFS: First Choice suite that came with my first PC back in ’93. No idea what became of the disk I had the software on, and it probably wouldn’t load in Win7 anyway — but still…

  2. CGHill »

    8 January 2011 · 10:33 am

    I was pretty good at WordPerfect, though the siren call of WYSIWYG eventually wore down my resistance, and I switched to Ami Pro, a very nice little Windows word processor that Lotus eventually bought and bloated. (I still have Lotus SmartSuite on the premises, including WordPro, the Lotusized Ami.) These days, though, I’m more likely to fire up, though I still keep my SiteMeter logs in 1-2-3.

  3. Tom »

    8 January 2011 · 2:13 pm

    ANOTHER thing about lawyers that drives me nuts. Ask them to generate a document and send you a draft, and it comes in WP. And after you find a conversion utility on the Web and convert it, you discover that the document size is 8-1/2″ x 14″. We should be able to back-charge lawyers for the work they cause US!

  4. Ric Locke »

    8 January 2011 · 5:00 pm

    Lawyers have always used 14″ long paper. It’s even listed at the store as “legal size”. 11″ is just not enough for all those wherefores and whereases :-)


  5. Doug Loudenback »

    8 January 2011 · 5:18 pm

    I remain a devoted WordPerfect user, as many lawyers in Oklahoma do … particularly in the solo/small firm categories. As for paper size, I can’t speak that much for counties outside the Okc metro, but we’ve been using 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper for many years now. I haven’t bout a ream of legal sized paper in over 2 decades.

  6. CT »

    10 January 2011 · 8:56 am

    I haven’t kept up in ages, but I recall that the legal profession was cited as the sole remaining market for WP (that ain’t WordPress) back around 1999. Hidebound professions foster their own odd little ecosystems…

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