Diff for /gforth/NEWS between versions 1.8 and 1.20

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   User-visible changes between 0.6.2 and 0.6.9 (up to 2006-05-07):
     report performance and functionality problems at end of "make"  
   Bug fixes
     Among others: now works with address-space randomization.
     The single-step debugger works again in some engines.
     AMD64, ARM, IA-64 (Itanium): better performance
     Gforth EC: R8C port
   Forth 200x:
     extension queries (produce true for all implemented extensions)
     REQUIRED etc. (not new)
     PARSE-NAME (new name)
     deferred words (new: DEFER@ DEFER! ACTION-OF)
   Unicode support (incomplete):
     added xchars words for dealing with variable-width multi-byte characters
     provide 8bit (ISO Latin 1) and UTF-8 support for xchars
   Number prefixes:
     0x is a hex prefix: 0xff and 0XfF now produces (decimal) 255
     # is a decimal prefix: #10 now produces (decimal) 10
     ' now only handles a single (x)char: 'ab is no longer accepted, 
                                          'a' now produces (decimal) 97
   The disassembler (DISCODE, SEE <primitive>) can now use gdb to disassemble code
   Uninitialized defered words now give a warning when executed
   New words:
     16-bit and 32-bit memory acces: UW@ UL@ SW@ SK@ W! L! W@ L@ /W /L
     FTRUNC FMOD (undocumented)
     NEXT-ARG SHIFT-ARGS (OS command-line argument processing)
   Newly documented words:
       K-NEXT K-INSERT K-DELETE K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12
       S-K1 S-K2 S-K3 S-K4 S-K5 S-K6 S-K7 S-K8 S-K9 S-K10 S-K11 S-K12
   Environment variable GFORTHSYSTEMPREFIX (used by word SYSTEM and friends)
   C interface:
     exported symbols now start with "gforth_" (for referencing them from C code)
     support for use of libffi (supplied with gcc) and
     a C-compiler-based approach (requires C compiler at run-time) (incomplete).
     depth-changes.fs: report stack depth changes during interpretation
     fsl-util.4th: FSL support files (undocumented)
     regexp.fs for regular expressions (undocumented)
     complex.fs for complex numbers (undocumented)
     fft.fs for Fast Fourier Transform (undocumented)
     wf.fs, a Wiki implementation (undocumented)
     httpd.fs, a web server (undocumented)
     status.fs, show interpreter status in separate xterm (undocumented)
     profile.fs for profiling (undocumented, incomplete)
    compat library:
   Speed improvements:
     static stack caching (good speedup on PPC)
     fast mixed-precision division words on i386 and AMD64
     support for int128 types on AMD64
     workarounds for gcc performance bugs (in particular, PR 15242)
   User-visible changes between 0.6.1 and 0.6.2:
   Bug fixes (in particular, gforth-0.6.2 compiles with gcc-3.3)
   New words: LATEST, LATESTXT (LASTXT deprecated)
   Operating environment: Added optional support for a C interface built
     on the ffcall libraries (more portable and powerful than the old
     one, but still not documented).  To use it, the ffcall libraries
     have to be installed before building Gforth (see INSTALL).
   Miscellaneous: Gforth-fast now uses static superinstructions (some
     speedup on some platforms); generally this is transparent (apart
     from the speedup), but there are lots of command-line options for
     controlling the static superinstruction generation.
   User-visible changes between 0.6.0 and 0.6.1:
   Bug fixes (installation on big-endian machines sometimes did not work)
   User-visible changes between 0.5.0 and 0.6.0:
   Changes in behaviour:
   S": interpreted use now ALLOCATEs the string (they live until BYE).
   Long word names (512MB on 32-bit systems) are now supported (change to
     the header format).
   New threaded code execution method: primitive-centric (allows the
     following), hybrid direct/indirect threaded (easier portability),
     with dynamic superinstructions (typical speedup on Athlon: factor
     2).  New engine gforth-itc for dealing with some potential
     backwards-compatibility problems (see "Direct or Indirect Threaded?"
     in the manual).
   Operating environment:
   Default dictionary size is now 4MB.
   Large file support on OSs that support them (i.e., files with more
     than 2GB on 32-bit machines).
   Gforth can now deal well with broken pipes in most situations.
   vi tags files can be built with tags.fs (usage like etags.fs).
   gforth.el mostly rewritten.
   New image file format.
   New words:
   File input: SLURP-FILE SLURP-FID 
   Programming tools: ID. .ID WORDLIST-WORDS SIMPLE-SEE
   Conditional execution: [DEFINED] [UNDEFINED]
   Defining Words: CONST-DOES> ]]
   String comparison: STR= STR< STRING-PREFIX?
   String literals: S\" .\" \"-PARSE
   Floating point output: F.RDP F>STR-RDP F>BUF-RDP
   Generalized prims2x.fs into Vmgen (see README.vmgen etc.); used the
     new capabilities in prims (e.g., automatic handling of the return
     stack and instruction stream).
 User-visible changes between 0.4.0 and 0.5.0:  User-visible changes between 0.4.0 and 0.5.0:
 Changes in behaviour:  Changes in behaviour:
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 $?)  added (SYSTEM) ( c_addr u -- wretval wior ).  $?)  added (SYSTEM) ( c_addr u -- wretval wior ).
 ' and ['] now give an error for compile-only words.  ' and ['] now give an error for compile-only words.
   Copyright (C) 1995,1996,1997,1998,2000,2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   This file is part of Gforth.
   Gforth is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
   modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
   as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
   of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
   This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
   GNU General Public License for more details.
   You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
   along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
   Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111, USA.
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