81343Re: pasted ' and " turning to ¿
- Aug 1, 2007ben lieb wrote:
> fREW wrote:It's not plain text, it's Word format, which has interspersed control
>>> office to stop this, but to no avail. What can I do?
>> I had a similar issue in a class that I took where the teacher
>> distributed the notes as word files and they had funny characters in
>> them. Basically what I did was paste the doc into the terminal with:
>> cat > newfile
>> And then I used a suggestion on the list that will highlight weird
>> characters like curly " and ' and I use the same pattern in a search
>> and replace the characters with whatever makes sense.
>> It's not automated, but it saves time and makes the files regular
>> ascii and smaller in ram and disk than the word file.
> I don't think this is a plain text issue, since the curvy quotes still
> show up in the plain text, and also show up as ¿ when pasted into vim.
> Maybe window's plain text is slightly different from linux?
characters. I think that that is one of them. I can read Word files on Linux
with oowriter and on Windows with WordPad, but not with Vim on either platform.
>Well, I used to be, but now I've graduated to Linux :-).
> There is an option while saving from .doc to .txt 'allow character
> substitution'. This actually converts from curvy to straight quotes.
> There is also an option in word that makes word use straight quotes, but
> this doesn't convert curvy quotes in other's documents.
> And, yes I'm on windows (can't find a replacement for photoshop, or flash).
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