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Old 07-20-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Reading (WordSAtar/WordPerfect 5.1) formatting codes?

I have recently stumbled across some aged lecture notes that were posted to the Internet in the 1990s. And I now have the leisure to read them (and possibly derive some benefit from the reading).

The covering "ReadMe" states that the notes were originally written in WordStar and posted to the Internet as WordPerfect documents. The text is perfectly readable. But the supplied references have formating codes that mean nothing to my readers. An example is:

Plato explicitly says that the Good is "above being"
(\i+5d\f8h\-epe\-\i+5d'keina \f8t^\-yv ou\m0\-\i+9dh chapter s'\-iav).

Is there any current reader that understands these code?

Old 07-20-2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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OpenOffice Writer can read WordPerfect 5.1 documents, as can Microsoft Word. Now if you can find something that can read Volkswriter Scientific documents, then I'll be impressed.

If the codes are badly translated Wordstar to Wordperfect, then I don't know. I don't have any Wordstar files to check...nor a copy of Wordstar. Or, unfortunately, Volkswriter Scientific.. but that's another story

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Old 07-21-2010, 07:20 PM   #3
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My gut-feeling is that the problem is with WordStar.

I normall use "Abiword" for "OpenOffice Writer" tasks; the quoted code defeats Abiword .

Looks like a lost cause!

Thank you for taking an interest in my niggle.



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