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Article #17 (419 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
From: ae962
Subject: Word processing FreeNet downloads
Date: Sun Jul 30 08:55:15 1989


     Here's some helpful comments programmers may want to know
regarding word processors for the Atari ST (WordWriter ST, 1st
Word) and probably others:

     I just found out a few codes my word processors use to store 
extra information in documents.  Why ASCII files from FreeNet when 
loaded cannot be paragraph formatted or right justified was always 
a mystery to me.  But after some work, I found out that to convert 
an ASCII file to a word-processorable document file, the user must 
simply:

1.  Replace all ASCII 32's (spaces) with ASCII 30's.
2.  Put an extra ASCII 30 at the end of every line that is not the 
    end of a paragraph.

    Having done this minimum conversion with a program, you can 
use every function the word processor has when editing.  If you 
short-cut step 2 and place ASCII 30 at the end of EVERY line, 
which is what I do, you have to carefully remove the extra spaces 
from the end of the paragraphs immediately upon editing so 
reformatting won't turn the document into one huge paragraph!

    I suppose you could get it to remove FreeNet prompts, and 
figure out when paragraphs end in the absence of a blank line 
between paragraphs, but this makes the program longer and harder 
to write.  It's not worth it for the length of most things here.

** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:06:58 1988 **

Thanks for the info. Max.  I am sure
our users will find it useful.

                        Jim Haynes
                        AA268



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