6790Re: [wpmac] Re: What is WordPerfect Mac 4?
- Apr 9, 2011It has been customary to make the extension the file type, in which
case it would be .WPD4 (file types are case sensitive, so that throws
a wrench into case insensitive file systems).
On Apr 9, 2011, at 11:21 AM, em315 wrote:
> I suppose my own feeling is that it's perhaps best to avoid
> confusion by leaving programs with their original names. WordPerfect
> for the Mac 3.5 Enhanced is what the rest of the world calls it, and
> it may muddy the waters a bit to call it something else, no matter
> how sensible that something else may be. (And the replacement
> Declaration-of-Independence splash screen might raise eyebrows when
> seen in a Canadian product like Corel WPMac, or anywhere outside the
> Are you thinking of modifying the actual file format so that it
> automatically adds an extension, as in OS X or Windows? That's an
> impressive change. (WPDOS never had a default file extension; that
> was introduced only for Windows.) It might be worth keeping in mind
> that .WP4 might confuse others into thinking it was referring to
> WPDOS 4.x. If a file extension would have any value at all, why
> not .WP35e or .WPMac? There's no rule under OS X or Windows that
> says extensions must have three characters only. I've seen seven-
> character extensions.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John R" <johnrethorst@...>
>> WP released 3.5e in 1997, before it was entirely bug-proofed, and
>> so released a patch in 1998. When OS 8 came out there were some
>> incompatibilities, fixed by an updater released in 2000. The
>> version number confusingly continued to be 3.5e, so we thought that
>> renaming the fully patched and updated version as 4.0 would be a
>> good idea.
>> BTW in this age of file extensions, we might find it helpful to add
>> one to the 3.5e/4 format. Would ".wp4" be a good choice? I first
>> learned WP in v. 4.2 for DOS, but I don't remember what extension
>> it used.
>> John R.
>> --- In email@example.com, "em315" <em315@> wrote:
>>> "WordPerfect Mac 4" is simply the name that SheepShaver-
>>> WordPerfect applies to WPMac 3.5e. When WPMac 3.5e was being
>>> developed, it was intended that it would be released as WPMa 4,
>>> but then development stopped and Corel released it as WPMac 3.5
>>> Enhanced. The SheepShaver system gives it its intended name.
>>> Otherwise, it is byte-for-byte identical with what you are
>>> familiar with as 3.5e. John Rethorst is the author of that system,
>>> and may want to chime in here.
>>> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jolinwarren" <freecycle.
>>> 2006.jolinwarren@> wrote:
>>>> One question I have, though -- SheepShaver-WordPerfect comes with
>>>> WordPerfect Mac 4. I'd never heard of this, what is it? The last
>>>> version I was aware of was 3.5e.
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