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Quark solution questionable



Back at the end of December, I regaled the list with a
solution for getting Xywrite files translated into Quark.

Just in case anyone was planning to use this technique, I
learned today that--at least for one client--in the process
of importing the file, Quark undoes the boldfacing and the
Quark operator has to use my hard copy as a guide to rebold
everything by hand.

I've decided for now that solving my client's problems is no
longer my responsibility, but I thought I should let you
know.

P.S. Leslie's trick of changing the extension to .doc still
works.

Judith Davidsen





Judith Davidsen wrote:
> 
> A few weeks ago, after I reported success in getting an
> Xy4.018 file through Word 98 for Mac and into Quark 4.1.1, a
> list member suggested I post the steps so that, even if no
> one needs them now, the directions would wind up in the
> archives, which is, after all, where I found the tip from
> Leslie Bialler that began to unravel the problem in the
> first place.
> 
> So...
> 
> The following keeps all ordinary punctuation in place, and
> makes it possible to convert double hyphens to em dashes,
> subheads to 14pt bf, and about 100 different names to bf. I
> have no idea what it might do with accents, umlauts,
> footnotes et al.
> 
> In Xywrite:
> [] forget about ctrl+b
> [] enclose subheads in curly brackets
> [] enclose names in regular brackets
> [] save As drive:\path\title.doc (.doc is IMPERATIVE)
> [] choose Rich Text Ansi Format (the other RTFs are said to
> work also)
> [] store
> NOTE: saving As Wordperfect 4.2 doesn't seem to work for
> this.
> 
> In Word (works for me in both Word 98 and Word 7.0):
> [] file will open with a lot of \par thingies. Leave them
> alone.
> [] ctrl+h to change all -- to em dashes (available under
> "special")
> 
> Now comes the part Microsoft charges $35 for:
> 
> [] ctrl+h to change subheads to 14pt bf:
>    a.) on the "find what" line: \{*\} (this finds what's in
> curly brackets)
>    b.) put a check in the wildcard box
>    c.) on the "replace" line: nothing; leave it blank
>    d.) in the format boxes, chose bold and 14pt
>    e.) execute
> NOTE: if this doesn't work, put a character--any
> character--on the "replace" line, chose bold and 14pt again,
> delete the character from the "replace" line, and execute.
> 
> [] ctrl+h to bf text in regular brackets: same as above, but
> use regular rather than curly brackets, i.e., \[*\]
> 
> [] ctrl+h to remove brackets:
>    a.)choose "no formatting" box to remove settings (or
> store file and reopen)
>    b.) on "find what" line: opening bracket
>    c.) on "replace" line: leave it blank
>    d.) execute
>    e.) repeat for close brackets
> 
> [] Save As (for my client) Word 5.01 for Mac. If the choice
> you need is not immediately visible, check "options."
> 
> [] exit word
> 
> [] email to client
> 
> It probably takes longer to read these instructions than it
> does to carry them out.
> 
> Hope I haven't left anything out.
> 
> Judith Davidsen