sharing documents: in praise of PDF

Jean-Luc Chevillard jlc at CCR.JUSSIEU.FR
Sat Jan 12 19:28:49 UTC 2002

At 10:51 12/01/02 -0800, George Hart <ghart at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU> wrote:
>If you have Adobe Acrobat (latest version 5, available for both Windows and
>Mac), it is easy to embed an Adobe type 1 font or a Truetype font in a
>document.  That way, there is no problem with diacritics or Indian alphabets
>-- the document can be read on any platform.  This is an extremely elegant
>solution to sharing documents.  The receiver needs only to download the free
>Acrobat Reader (Windows, Mac, Palm, Solaris, Linux, OS2, etc. etc.)  See
> George Hart

This solution is only applicable to Windows applications
(like for instance WordPerfect 9, etc.)
and is of course, as pointed initially by Dominik,
the most convenient (and I join in the praise of the Acrobat format ;-)

But I think our colleague was referring to the fairly widespread use
(by many of our colleagues here on this side of the Atlantic at least :-)
of the DOS application called WordPerfect 5.1
as adapted (in the eighties) by our late colleague R.E. Emmerick, in Hamburg
[See <>
  for a few technical details]

This means that, in order to be able help our colleagues
who are still using R.E. Emmerick software solutions
(and there are some here in Paris also),
the wizard he is trying to invoke :-)
should be able to create a PDF file
starting from the files created by the DOS program WP5.1

Any DOS wizard online?


-- Jean-Luc CHEVILLARD (Paris)

>On 1/12/02 9:56 AM, "Juergen Hanneder" <hanneder at INDOLOGIE.UNI-HALLE.DE>
> > Unfortunately this confirms what I had feared, namely that it is not
> > at all easy to go from the fairly wide spread varieties of
> > WP-solutions for diacritics to PDF. Unless there is a WP wizard who
> > can enlighten us, we will have to share documents by using unformated
> > text in those mediation codes that are not limited to one platform or
> > pogramm, like csx or that of the devnag package - just as in the
> > e-text archive(s).
> >
> > Juergen Hanneder
> >

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