The Norton Guides
were a product family sold by Peter Norton
Computing. The guides were written in 1985 by Warren Woodford
for the x86 Assembly Language
, and Forth
languages and made available to users via a TSR
program that integrated with programming language editors on IBM PC type computers. This appears to be the first example of a commercial product where programming reference information was integrated into the software development environment.
The concept of providing "information at your fingertips", as he called it, via a TSR program was a signature technology developed by Woodford in 1980 and used in other programs he created in that era including MathStar, WordFinder/SynonymFinder and a TEMPEST WWMCCS workstation developed for Sytematics General Corporation. Warren's Guides, aka the Norton Guides, were the last application of this type written by Woodford.