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What is WordPerfect?

WordPerfect is the predecessor of most word-processing software in the market today, and Microsoft Word owes its existence from the innovations that WordPerfect has contributed to the field. WordPerfect, now owned by Corel corporation, first saw the light of day on 1979 for exclusive use at a university, and was later sold commercially under its current name in 1980. WordPerfect was first marketed to DOS in 1982, and has since enjoyed immense popularity especially after its feature set was found to be richer and more extensive than the earlier word processor for DOS, WordStar. WordPerfect was the first word-processing software that has achieved a de facto standard in computing, after which it was displaced by Microsoft Word in the 90s. Although WordPerfect is still maintained by Corel, its current owner, it only has a minimal market share (in what was once a field it dominated), and its only advantage against its prime competitor is that it is available in a wider range of systems than Microsoft Word.

One of the main distinguishing traits of WordPerfect is its use of function keys that are quite different from what can be usually done in word-processing application (which are mostly based on the Microsoft Word architecture). For instance, it can use several function keys, such as Ctrl, Alt, and Shift to issue commands, and that it uses F3 for Help (instead of F1, in Office applications such as Microsoft Word). WordPerfect also uses what is known as a 'streaming code architecture', which parallels the syntax of HTML and CSS.

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