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6790Re: [wpmac] Re: What is WordPerfect Mac 4?

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  • Kevin McCoy
    Apr 9, 2011
      It 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
      > USA....)
      >
      > 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 wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.com, "John R" <johnrethorst@...>
      > wrote:
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> 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 wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.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 wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.com, "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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