Lotus 1-2-3

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A spreadsheet for MS-DOS from Lotus Development Corporation. It can be programmed using "macros" and comes with a separate program to produce graphs and charts but this cannot be run at the same time as the spreadsheet. It has keyboard-driven pop-up menus as well as one-key commands, making it fast to operate. Lotus 1-2-3 supported EGA and later VGA graphics. Early versions used the filename extension "WK1".

Version: 4.

Lotus 1-2-3 has been the subject of several user interface copyright court cases in the US.


1-2-3's successor, Symphony, had simultaneous update of spreadsheet, graph and word processor windows.

Last updated: 1995-11-28

Lotus Development Corporation


A software company who produced Lotus 1-2-3, the Symphony spreadsheet and Lotus Notes for the IBM PC.

Disliked by the League for Programming Freedom on account of their lawsuits.

Quarterly sales $224M, profits $10M (Aug 1994).

Telephone: +1 (617) 225 1284.

[Where are they? Founded when? Other products? E-mail? Internet?]

Last updated: 1994-11-16

Lotus Notes

A group of application programs from Lotus Development Corporation which allows organisations to share documents and exchange electronic mail messages. Notes supports replication.

Last updated: 1994-10-27

Lotus Notes Formula Language


A macro language for Lotus Notes that uses commands starting with @, e.g. @If, @Left, @Right, @Username. Many Notes applications are built with just this language.

Last updated: 2003-10-06



A Visual BASIC-like scripting language for Lotus Notes and Lotus SmartSuite. LotusScript is object-oriented and can be used for complex Notes programming, although Java is also available.

LotusScript Documentation.

Last updated: 2003-10-06

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