After takin' a swig o' grog, Tim Smith belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> In article <j9kRl.430$Xl4.152@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> Chris Ahlstrom <ahlstromc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Tim Smith belched out
>> this bit o' wisdom:
>> > In OOXML, the standard would tell us to use a SpaceLikeWordPerfect
>> > attribute (not the real name--I don't have a copy of the spec with me to
>> > look up the actual name).
>> Ye gods, that would be a focked standard!
> So you think it is better if everyone who decides to import old
> WordPerfect documents makes up their own names to mark that data?
No, I think that importing old WP docs should not be part of any standard --
WP is merely an old, dead (and hence stable and well-known) format that an
application can convert from WP format into its own internal format, to be
written out again, preferably in ODF.
In other words, the application uses a plugin to grab the data, and convert
it as best as possible into ODF, then operates on the ODF using the ODF
If Microsoft is lumping conversions of all these formats into OOXML, no
wonder that "standard" is so unwieldy.
I recently had to dig around for my user number for Cakewalk, so I could
install the version I've had laying around for years without using it, so
that I could convert a large number of WRK files into standard MID format.
It would be nice if Rosegarden could import WRK files created more than a
decade ago, but the idea is to ditch that format, and even the cost of
losing some of WRK features is a small price to pay to be able to use other
Never laugh at live dragons.
-- Bilbo Baggins [J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit"]