notepad vs write
dmitry at baikal.ru
Sun Jun 16 22:07:12 CDT 2002
"Francois Gouget" <fgouget at free.fr> wrote:
> The problem is that write will handle RTF and Word documents correctly,
> while notepad is just a text editor and will only display garbage...
> (yes, wordpad will probably have problems with complex word documents,
> but it should work with simple ones)
I believe that Write is able to handle only old Word 5.x/6.x format files
(and of course RTFs). RTFs should not produce too much trouble (just feed
them to a richedit control). Regarding Word 5.x format here is a snipped
from my very old DOS code which handled those files (*.doc,*.wri) well
(it completely ignores formatting though):
int is_word_doc(char *name, long *text_len)
unsigned short head;
if((fd = _open(name, O_BINARY | O_RDONLY)) == -1) return 0;
_read(fd, head, sizeof(head));
if(head != 0137061 || head != 0125400) return 0;
*text_len = *(long *)(head + 7) - 128L;
if(*text_len > 0) *text_len -= 1;
I.e. there is a 128 bytes header with signature and text length in it.
I think that our notepad could be easy enhanced to deal with that format.
Write could be just a symlink to notepad.
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