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WD2000: Limitations of Converting WordPerfect 5.x Documents
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The WordPerfect 5.x converter included with Microsoft Word 2000 is designed to take advantage of features and conversion capabilities specifically available in Word 2000. For best results converting to and from Word 2000, use the WordPerfect 5.x converter shipped with Word 2000.
Converting a file from Word format to WordPerfect format and back again may cause the loss of some formatting (for example, fonts, justification, styles, and mail merge) unless you load, paginate, and save the converted file in WordPerfect before converting it back to Word.
The following table lists features that are not completely converted, that are not supported on one product or the other, or that require some comment.
The key is as follows:
Yes The feature is converted from one product to the other. No The feature is not completely converted from one product to the other. N/S The feature is not supported in one of the products. Word 2000 WordPerfect to 5.x to Features WordPerfect 5.x Word 2000 Comments ------------------------------------------------------------------------ All caps Yes N/S All caps formatting becomes all capital letters. Hidden Yes N/S Hidden text in Word becomes WordPerfect comment text. Strikethrough See comment See comment WordPerfect strikeout becomes strikethrough formatting in Word and vice versa; WordPerfect redlining becomes tracked changes in Word and vice versa. Underlining Yes Yes Underlining format is preserved, but the type of underlining may be changed. Spacing No N/S (condensed, expanded) Kerning Yes Yes Alignment Yes Yes Centering codes may have to be individually repositioned in WordPerfect after conversion. First-line Yes Yes First-line indents are indents created with with tabs in WordPerfect Page Break Yes N/S Approximated with a page Before break in WordPerfect. Space before Yes N/S Approximated with blank /after paragraphs lines in WordPerfect. Tab leaders See comment Yes From WordPerfect to Word, the dot, dash, and underscore tab leaders convert to the same in Word. All other WordPerfect tab leaders convert to dot leaders in Word. Leading/baselines N/S No Lines/baselines [Center]/[Flsh Rgt] N/S See comment From WordPerfect to codes Word, Center and Flush Right codes convert to center- and right- aligned tab stops. Widow control Yes Yes Margins Yes Yes Word margins are measured from paper's edge to body text; WordPerfect margins are measured from the edge to the header. The conversion adjusts the margins as needed to preserve page layout. Newspaper columns Yes Yes Parallel columns N/S See comment From WordPerfect to Word, parallel columns convert to tables. If a parallel column layout contains a page-anchored box, the entire parallel column layout is converted to newspaper columns. Tables Yes Yes Vertical merging of cells is not converted. Table formulas No No /math Decimal table N/S See comment From WordPerfect to cell alignment Word, decimal table cell alignment is converted to right paragraph alignment. Default tab stops No Yes Footnotes Yes Yes Endnotes placed at the end of sections in Word are placed at the end of the document in WordPerfect because WordPerfect doesn't have sections. Restarted numbers and separators are not converted. Custom footnote marks in Word are added to automatic numbering in WordPerfect. Gutter margins, Yes Yes paper size Comments Yes N/S Word comments become WordPerfect comment text. Outline, paragraph Yes Yes WordPerfect paragraph numbers, Word 7.0 numbers convert to Lists Word sequence fields by default. In Word, automatically numbered lists convert to paragraph numbers. To convert WordPerfect paragraph numbers to plain text, set this option in the registry FavourSequenceFields=No using the EditConversionOptions macro. Print merge commands Yes Yes Word data source documents can be either tab or comma delimited or in table format to convert to WordPerfect. Word automatically converts WordPerfect secondary files to Word data source document format. Conditional print merge constructs and macros are lost when converting to Word. Date/time stamps Yes Yes Default formats only. Subdocuments Yes Yes (INCLUDE field) Equations No No Extended characters Yes See comment From WordPerfect to Word, not all extended characters are converted. Text boxes, lines Yes Yes Some text boxes and lines convert to Word drawing layer objects. Drawing layer objects are visible only in page layout view, in print preview, and when printed. Drawing layer objects do not appear in normal view. Line draw Yes Yes WordPerfect line draw characters are converted; however, Word line spacing causes gaps to appear between line draw characters on successive lines. To correct this problem for printing, set line spacing to equal the current font point size. Macros No No PRIVATE field codes N/S See comment From WordPerfect to Word, PRIVATE fields are inserted by the converter to preserve information needed to accurately save the file back to WordPerfect format. These fields should not be edited and have no effect on the document. Styles Yes See comment From WordPerfect to Word, styles containing paragraph formatting codes convert to paragraph styles. WordPerfect styles containing only character formatting convert to character styles in Word. Text contained in a style is converted as normal text. Other features, such as tables, graphics, and so on, are retained in documents but are not given Word styles. Document Titles See Comment See Comment WordPerfect can assign \Descriptive a Descriptive Name to a Names file; much like Word can assign a Title. Word imports the Descriptive Name into the document Title property and exports the document Title property into a Descriptive Name.
For more information about converting WordPerfect files, click Microsoft Word Help on the Help menu, type convert between Word and WordPerfect in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.