Re: [wpmac] Re: What is WordPerfect Mac 4?
- On 13-Apr-2011, at 15:37, topcatdrc wrote:
> I do remember reading that the Mac file system - original HFS ! - had a four character limitation in it. The extension (in today's OS X) and the old file type (creator was different??) is usually, up to, four (single-byte) characters.Mac OS had a 4 character field for storing file types, yes. These could be any four characters. It also had another 4 character field for storing the application associated with that file (the creator). For example, in BBEdit, the combination of TEXT/R*ch indicated that the file was a normal text file, and that it should be opened by BBEdit (R*ch) as opposed to, say, teachText (TTXT, IIRC).
None of this had anything at all to do with extensions.
- So sad, so true. Yet, what does WP lack now? SheepShaver is as stable as Safari. WP itself never crashes. WP has, per "About This Particular Macintosh", the best outliner available in a word processor. It has full access to the OSX dictionary. It has a find/replace function, with the Regular Expressions addon, that's ten times better than MS Word's. It has a macro feature that, helped by the MetaMacro addon, is enormously powerful. And it has a 6800-member support group.
Not too bad, methinks.
--- In email@example.com, "jolinwarren" <freecycle.2006.jolinwarren@...> wrote:
> Thanks John and em315 for the explanations. That makes sense. It's great to have WPMac back. How I miss it. It's a real shame that Corel won't make the code available so it could be developed again by those who have the talent and interest.