[oclug] WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux - Deluxe
aaron.wilcox at sympatico.ca
Thu Nov 18 18:32:36 EST 2010
On 10-11-18 05:31 PM, Peter Sjoberg wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-11-03 at 13:08 -0400, Andy Civil wrote:
>> On 2010-11-03 12:28 PM, Bill Strosberg wrote:
>>> If you are able to generate a document
>>> identical to one that uses "display codes", what exact benefit does the
>>> feature provide?
>> The OP is correct; 'reveal codes' is fundamentally important: it allows you to
>> see, not just 'what you get' but 'why you got it'. You NEED to know why you got
>> it, to ensure that your intentions survive unconnected modifications.
>> To give a trivial example, suppose I create a document with tabs in it, and my
>> kid comes along and adds a paragraph using a row of spaces instead. It might
>> look right TODAY, but what if I decide to change the tab spacing? Now her edits
>> look broken. Another example would be an accidental carriage return at a place
>> in a paragraph where a word wrap occurred anyway.
> Don't really know what "display codes" does but what you describe above
> I have issues with also and my solutions in OO is to enable
> View->"nonprinting Characters" (or ctrl-F10 or one of the buttons), then
> it shows carriage returns, tabs and so on on the screen.
I used to use WP2000 at work. From what I remember, the WPD file format
is conceptually similar to HTML, with plain text inside a variety of
markup tags. The "Reveal Codes" function would bring up a secondary
editing panel at the bottom of the document which would allow you to
view and edit the actual raw text and tags manually. This was almost a
required feature, since WP regularly screws up overlapping tags. The
screwed up tags would leave your document with weird formatting issues
that you couldn't easily get rid of any other way than using "Reveal Codes".
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