Xerox Bravo

The first WYSIWYG word processor software

Announcement / Release
around 1974
around 1975
Birth Place
Palo Alto, California, United States of America


Bravo was a modal editor—characters typed on the keyboard were usually commands to Bravo, except when in "insert" or "append" mode, in which case they were entered into the character buffer. Bravo made extensive use of the mouse for marking locations in the text, as well as selecting areas of the text, but it was not used for command entry. Bravo provided multi-font capability using the bitmap displays on the Xerox Alto personal computer. In addition to a long list of commands for controlling the formatting of the text, Bravo also supported use of multiple files, and also multiple windows.

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