IBM DisplayWrite

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DisplayWrite was a word processor software application that IBM developed and marketed for the IBM PC and PCjr. It was among the company's first internally developed, commercially sold PC software.[1]

File format[edit]

Its document files used the RFT (Revisable-Form Text) or DCA (document content architecture) filename extension, both of which were standards on IBM mainframe computers.


DisplayWrite's feature set was based on the IBM Displaywriter System, a dedicated microcomputer-based word processing machine.[2] Because the two systems were so similar, an experienced Displaywriter user could start using DisplayWrite immediately.[3]

DisplayWrite/370, a much more powerful version with full graphics and WYSIWYG support, is still available for IBM zSeries mainframe computers as of May 2012[2] (see IBM Displaywriter System).


  • Dennis P. Curtin: Displaywrite 4: Procedures Manual, Prentice-Hall 1988, ISBN 0139642226


  1. ^ Dickinson, John (1984-09-18). "IBM's Displaywriter Begets a Family of PC Software". PC. p. 238. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b IBM DisplayWrite
  3. ^ Dickinson, John (1984-09-18). "DisplayWrite 2 and Displaywriter: A Close Correspondence". PC Magazine. p. 248. Retrieved 25 October 2013.