Howard [Strauss], who died in 2005, was the polar opposite of Bill Gates—in outlook as well as income. Howard thought the computer should be adapted to the individual and not the other way around. One size fits one. The programs he wrote for me were molded like clay to my requirements—an appealing approach to anything called an editor.
— John McPhee’s article in the January 14th issue of The New Yorker is fascinating (but alas, behind the paywall). It’s mostly about the various ways of organizing and structuring long articles he’s written for the magazine, but also includes a section on a text editor, Kedit, that he’s used since the early 80s, with a great deal of customization from a colleague at Princeton. Well worth the read, if you can get to it.