Re: Word--AAUGH!

Subject: Re: Word--AAUGH!
From: Jeroen Hendrix <jhe -at- POLYDOC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 10:20:19 +0100

Paulette hacker answered earlier:

> If you can't recover the documents then you might be able to save pieces
> them. If you can still open the documents, there is a delightful little
> "corruption character" that inserts itself into Word. It looks like a
> letter "y" with two dots on top of it.

> I have determined only that they MAY be due to making multiple formatting
> steps between saves (i.e. create a column, then a table, then insert a
> graphic, then undo or delete something).

What I heard some time ago, was that these "y" characters contained the
'Undo' information of the previous paragraph. For some reason (due to
multiple Undos or God knows what) Word kept all the Undo information for
that paragraph in that character. This can mean that one single (hidden)
character can hold several pages worth of information. Needless to say,
this can cause major problems.

Corruption of Word-files mostly occurs when Word finds itself in a
repetitive loop. Clearing of all formatting (saving it as a text file) is a
sure method of getting rid of the problem. It is however a little bit
crude: like killing off all your life stock because one of your cows fell
ill with a virus.
Therefore tracing the problem the way Paulette described is more elegant,
if you have the time and endurance. If only Word had the wonderfull
WordPerfect 'under water window' that showed all coding and styles, that
would save us all so much time and energy.

Lots of luck

Jeroen Hendrix
the Netherlands

Mail to jhe -at- polydoc -dot- com

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