Convert WPMac non-Roman scripts to DOC/RTF - Summary
- (This is a repost of a previous message, but with a clearer subject line.)
Here is a summary of the information provided in a lot of other threads about a method for converting WPMac files that contain non-Roman scripts into RTF, DOC, Pages, or other formats for editing on modern systems.
You will need a PowerPC Mac running 10.4 and Classic; the Classic setup needs to have the appropriate Language Kit installed from a 9.2 installation CD. This may work on a system running an earlier version of OS X (e.g. 10.2 or 10.3) but it will probably be less reliable.
WordPerfect for the Mac 3.5 Enhanced should be installed in Classic. Earlier versions may not provide as smooth a transition.
Open the WPMac files in WPMac under Classic. Check whether all the non-Roman text displays correctly. If some non-Roman text does not display correctly, then copy your non-Roman fonts from your existing OS 7/8/9 setup into your Classic System Folder. Do NOT overwrite any existing font files! ONLY copy missing font files into the Classic System Folder.
When all your non-Roman fonts are displaying correctly in WPMac, choose Select All (or Cmd-A), then (using Cmd-C) copy the full text of the WP document to the clipboard.
Then (using Cmd-V) paste the full text into OS X's TextEdit or into iWork's Pages. Some formatting will be lost, but the full text should be copied without errors. In TextEdit, save the text in RTF format; in Pages, save the text in native format or DOC format.
You may also be able to paste the text directly into Word 2004 or 2008, but I have not tested this. You will not be able to paste the text directly from the clipboard into Word 2001, but you will be able to use Word 2001 to open and edit an RTF file saved from TextEdit with the complete text pasted from the WPMac wile
It should be fairly simple to automate this process with an AppleScript, but I haven't attempted it.
I hope this summary is useful to anyone working with non-Roman scripts in WPMac.