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TECO (tee'koe) [acronym for Text Editor and COrrector] 1. n. A text
editor developed at MIT, and modified by just about everybody. If all
the dialects are included, TECO might well be the single most prolific
editor in use. Noted for its powerful pseudo-programming features and
its incredibly hairy syntax. 2. v. To edit using the TECO editor in
one of its infinite forms; sometimes used to mean "to edit"
even when not using TECO! Usage: rare at SAIL, where most people
wouldn't touch TECO with a TENEX pole. [Historical note: DEC grabbed
an ancient version of MIT TECO many years ago when it was still a
TTY-oriented editor. By now, TECO at MIT is highly display-oriented
and is actually a language for writing editors, rather than an editor.
Meanwhile, the outside world's various versions of TECO remain almost
the same as the MIT version of ten years ago. DEC recently tried to
discourage its use, but an underground movement of sorts kept it
alive.] [Since this note was written I found out that DEC tried to
force their hackers by administrative decision to use a hacked up and
generally lobotomized version of SOS instead of TECO, and they
revolted. - MRC]