On 11 Jan 2001 Tobin Nellhaus wrote:
> Since WordPerfect has dictionaries for many languages (select the ones
> you want when you install), it should work fairly well. Its XML/SGML
> system has a couple of problems (in particular, you have to compile
> the DTD into a template, and it uses its own style system rather than
> XSL), but otherwise it's reasonably good.
I have tried WordPerfect 9 with teixlite.dtd v1.3 and it compiled
without problems... when I removed the NOTATIONs block. I guess
there should be the obligatory SYSTEM identifiers - perhaps just ""?
I have also (re?)discovered a potentially serious problem with
WordPerfect support for Unicode. When a text is typed in a true
Unicode editor (eg. UniPad or MSWord) and then opened in or imported
into WordPerfect, the unsupported characters are *silently* replaced
with a space! Using cut-and-paste is much worse, as it modifies also
the supported characters - but at least one can see it at a glance.
I noticed this behaviour while working with a German text using
the "long-s" (ſ) which was also easy to notice - but with
a long text containing just a few unsupported characters here
and there this may lead to serious errors in the text itself.
Is there a list of which Unicode characters (code points)
have their WordPerfect equivalents? The solution is to have
the unsupported ones converted to &entities; before loading
Otherwise, it is indeed quite good and nice to use.