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6792Re: [wpmac] Re: What is WordPerfect Mac 4?

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  • Mikeca
    Apr 9, 2011
      "There's no rule under OS X or Windows that says extensions must have three
      characters only. I've seen seven-character extensions."

      but only the first 3 are used after the dot... the rest ignored... except in

      It won't recognize any affix that is greater or less than 3 characters. And the
      titles preceding the affix must be exactly 8 characters, no spaces.

      So some OS's are more restrictive than others... probably only important if
      you're porting WP to be used on a iOS device such as an iPad.


      From: em315 <em315@...>
      To: wordperfectmac@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sat, April 9, 2011 10:21:39 AM
      Subject: [wpmac] Re: What is WordPerfect Mac 4?

      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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