As far as I can tell, Microsoft has no idea what ASCII means. You would
expect that "Save As... Text Only" would produce clean ASCII from a
"pretty" Word file, but it does not. Instead, you get a file which
contains various 8-bit encodings of common characters such as curly
quotation marks, en- and em-dashes, bullets and so on, in spite of the
fact that there are perfectly good, and commonly-used ASCII conventions
for all of this stuff (' " * -- --- ...). I can't tell you how much time I
spend "fixing" problems caused by this kind of stupidity. Auto-correct or
not, why can't Word have a simple "ASCII-fy" feature???
PS. Speaking about Word 11.2 for the Mac, your mileage may vary.
Ole J. Jacobsen
Editor and Publisher, The Internet Protocol Journal
Tel: +1 408-527-8972 GSM: +1 415-370-4628
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On Thu, 5 Jan 2006, Lars-Erik Jonsson (LU/EAB) wrote:
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Probably this is because you have used characters not part of
7-bit ASCII. It is a good idea to always turn off the auto-correct
features of Word, otherwise you will probably get strange characters.
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