> ...the Xerox Star softwareThe other side of this is that Unix would not have one-tenth as many useful
> on which this machine is based is light-years beyond Suns for copying data
> between windows. What it does it pass structure around, real manipulable
> objects with operations -- not just cutting and pasting ASCII text...
utilities if everything had to understand complex structured objects on the
input. Don't be so quick to assume that ASCII-text-based interchange is
grossly inferior. One can always encode structured objects in ASCII, with
some penalty in speed and complexity over passing them directly... and then
a lot of other programs can manipulate them too.
There is a lot to be said for structured objects, mind you, but it's not
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