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

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  • Kevin McCoy
    Apr 9, 2011
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      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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