Re: Transitioning Text Across Platforms

Subject: Re: Transitioning Text Across Platforms
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 16:59:29 -0400

Nuckols, Kenneth M wrote:

Am I fretting needlessly, or are Word's codes truly so insidious that it
would be quicker to re-type all the text I've created from scratch?

You are fretting needlessly. Save as .txt

Plaintext is plaintext ... well, with the sole stipulation that Windows, UNIX, and OS X each handle line terminations differently. Windows uses a carriage return-linefeed pair (/r/n), Mac uses just a carriage return (/r), UNIX uses just a linefeed (/n).

If you're going Windows to Windows, everything's jake.

If for some reason you need a subtler approach, I can describe a method for saving MS Word files to HTML and using HTML-Tidy to strip the crud and selectively transform the tags. Might get you going faster on the InDesign side, depending.



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