Sharing Chi-Writer-based texts

rcohen at rcohen at
Tue Jun 1 14:56:13 UTC 1993

Unfortunately, the Chi-Writer program is not network friendly. It uses a
very complicated marking-up system, the result of which is that only
others using the program can read ftp'd files. One could write a filter,
but it would be very difficult and time-consuming. Better and more easily
convertible hardware/software combinations are now available for those
using ChiWriter. I would suggest switching as soon as it is practicable,
to either a MacIntosh-based system using Madhav Deshpande's new fonts, or
sticking with the DOS system and moving over to a good text-editor, employing
the CSX standard and TeX. Since you have invested much labor in your
project, you could create a version of your text in ChiWriter, perhaps
using the Kyoto-Harvard transliteration scheme, and save it in ASCII
format. It could then be sent around the network and easily converted into
whatever transliteration scheme is employed by the recipient. I understand
there is a TeX converter for ChiWriter version 4.0. However, you would
have to address the special problem posed by your use of Madhav's fonts
within ChiWriter.

Richard J. Cohen, Assistant Director, South Asia Regional Studies
University of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305, Tel: 215-898-7475; Fax: 215-573-2138 E-mail:
rcohen at


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