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WD97: Limitations of Converting WordPerfect 5.x Documents

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The WordPerfect 5.x converter included with Word 97 is designed to takeadvantage of features and conversion capabilities specifically available inWord 97. For best results converting to and from Word 97, use theWordPerfect 5.x converter that comes with Word 97.

Converting a file from Word format to WordPerfect format and back again maycause the loss of some formatting (for example, fonts, justification,styles, and mail merge) unless you load, paginate, and save the convertedfile in WordPerfect before converting back to Word.
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The following table lists features that are not completely converted, arenot 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 97 to         WordPerfect 5.x Features      WordPerfect 5.x    to Word 97         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 tabs in                                                     WordPerfect.  Page Break    Yes                 N/S               Approximated with a Before                                              page break in                                                     WordPerfect.  Space         Yes                 N/S               Approximated with                                                     blank before/after                                                     paragraph 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/      N/S                 No baselines, Lines/  baselines  [Center]/     N/S                 See comment       From WordPerfect to [Flsh Rgt]                                          Word, Center and Flush codes                                               Right codes convert to                                                     center- and right-                                                     aligned tab stops.  Widow control Yes                 Yes  Margins       Yes                 Yes               Word margins are                                                     measured from the                                                     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     Yes                 Yes columns  Parallel      N/S                 See comment       From WordPerfect to columns                                             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         No                  No formulas/  math  Decimal       N/S               See comment         From WordPerfect to table cell                                          Word, decimal table alignment                                           cell alignment is                                                     converted to right                                                     paragraph alignment.  Default       No                Yes tab stops  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        Yes               Yes margins, paper size  Comments      Yes               N/S                 Word comments become                                                     WordPerfect comment                                                     text.  Outline,      Yes               Yes                 WordPerfect paragraph paragraph                                           numbers convert to                                                     Word numbering,                                                     sequence fields by                                                     default.  Word 7.0 Lists                                      Word's 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   Yes               Yes                 Word data source commands                                            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     Yes               Yes                 Default formats only. stamps  Subdocuments  Yes               Yes (INCLUDE field)  Equations     No                No  Extended      Yes               See comment         From WordPerfect to characters                                          Word, not all extended                                                     characters are                                                     converted.  Text boxes,   Yes               Yes                 Some text boxes and lines                                               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       N/S               See comment         From WordPerfect to field codes                                         Word, PRIVATE fields                                                     are inserted by the                                                     converter to preserve                                                     information needed to                                                     accurately save the                                                     file back to                                                     WordPerfect format.                                                     These fields shouldn't                                                     be edited and have no                                                     effect on the                                                     document.  Styles        Yes               See comment         From WordPerfect to                                                     Word, styles con-                                                     -taining                                                     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      See Comment       See Comment         WordPerfect can assign Titles\                                             a Descriptive Name to Descriptive                                         a file; much like Word Names                                               can assign a Title.                                                     Word imports the                                                     Descriptive Name into                                                     the document Title                                                     property and exports                                                     the document Title                                                     property into a                                                     Descriptive Name.				
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