Posted: May 20, 2012 5:27 am
by lpetrich
Xeno wrote:That does not seem a realistic view of TextEdit, in that (IIRC) Apple has buried quite a lot more of the basic text handling, formatting and editing functions into OS libraries since OS X emerged, to simplify and make more consistent editors built for it. Therefore, Textedit looks smaller than it might, being something of a front end such as vi is to ed (loosely put). This is no more than that a progression of commoditising other functions into the OS of course.

I will concede that it may be cheating not to count the OS libraries, and full-scale-GUI apps require a lot more than command-line / ASCII-art-GUI apps.