Subject: Ted - 2.17 has been released
To: NetBSD Advocacy <>
From: Jon Drews <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 01/31/2005 06:59:06

 The latest version of the Rich Text Format word processor Ted has
been released. I tested this extensively on NetBSD 1.6.2. It should
now install cleanly in pkgsrc. That is it should require no patches.
The developer, Mark de Does, added scripts so that Ted will recognize
that it is on a NetBSD computer and configure itself accordingly.
 Many of the bugs and problems that were noted in this email were fixed.

* The table tool was put on the main toolbar. Table borders and
background colors however are still in Tools->Format
* The problem of images that are expanded, when they are viewed in MS
Word, has been mostly fixed. Image expansion does happen in TextMaker
* Main bugs and annoyances were fixed in the Tables.
* Ted's endnotes and footnotes were also heavily tested

 To install Ted 2.17 as a local (user account) build do:
1) Have openmotif installed. See here:
2) Obtain ted-2.17.src.tar.gz from
3) untar the download
4) do  $ make
5) do  $ make private

Ted's make script will do uname -s and determine that it is on a
NetBSD computer and configure itself accordingly. The "make private"
command will create ~/ind/, ~/afm/, ~/Ted/, and ~/bin/ directories.
the script, that makes *.pdf documents, is in ~/Ted/ .
 I want to express my gratitude to Mark de Does, who spent a great
deal of time fixing Ted so that it would work well on the *BSD's.

From the developer.
Ted 2.17, an easy RTF text processor for Linux/Unix released.

Utrecht, January 28, 2005

Available from

Description of Ted

Ted is a text processor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems.
Ted was developed as a standard easy word processor, having the role
of Wordpad on MS-Windows. Since then, Ted has evolved to a real word
processor that still has the same easy appearance as the original. The
possibility to type a letter, a note or a report on a Unix/Linux
machine is clearly missing. Only too often, you have to turn to
MS-Windows machine to write a letter or a document. Ted was made to
make it possible to edit rich text documents on Unix/Linux in a wysiwyg
way. RTF files from Ted are fully compatible with MS-Word.
Additionally, Ted also is an RTF to PostScript and an RTF to Acrobat
PDF converter.

To my own modest opinion, Ted is really easy to use and of good
quality. I hope that you will find Ted useful.

Changes since version 2.16
(Ted 2.17 Jan 28, 2005)
*       Numbered lists finished.
*       Yet more footnote bugs fixed.
*       Behaviour of explicit line and page breaks simulates that of
*       All tools have 'Close' button now.
*       Made a configurable resources mechanism that works without
       X11 for command line calls.
*       Improvements in numbered lists functionality: Opened user
*       Preliminary support for 'shapes': The newer Word figures
       mechanism. The Word 97 Drawing Objects are mapped to 'shapes'.
*       Fixed a bug that moved lines to the next page even though
       they would fit. This makes the vertical layout of the pages
       closer to the layout in MS-Word.
*       Support for the Euro sign if the font supports it.
*       Facilities to read rtf files in mac roman encoding
*       Copy/Paste ruler now also copies/pastes the paragraph
       properties that relate to paragraph numbers. For this reason,
       the mechanism was changed. Ted 2.17 cannot paste the ruler
       that was copied by an older version, nor can the older version
       paste a ruler copied by Ted 2.17.
*       With some additional configuration, Ted can use most of the
       fonts configured in GhostScript.
*       As the combination of the extended font options and the new
       configuration mechanism open more possibilities to use
       external fonts, extensive documentation on fonts was added.
*       Use more CSS and fewer tables in generated HTML.
*       Many-many annoying bugs fixed. [Thanks Jonathan Drews for
       your thorough testing and the clear bug reports.]

Details on Ted

Ted is a text processor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems.
Compatibility with popular MS-Windows applications played an important
role in the design of Ted. Every document produced by Ted should,
without any loss of formatting or information, be accepted as a legal
.rtf file by Word. Compatibility in the other direction is more
difficult to achieve. Ted supports many of the formatting features of
the Microsoft applications. Other formatting instructions and meta
information are ignored.*)  By ignoring unsupported formatting Ted
tries to get the complete text of a document on screen or to the
printer. Ted can be used to read formatted e-mail sent from a Windows
machine to Unix, to print an RTF document, or to convert it to Acrobat
PDF format. Below we explain how to configure Ted as an RTF viewer in
Netscape and how to convert an RTF document to PDF with Ted and

*)      Most of the ignored information is not saved either when you
       modify and then save an RTF document with Ted.