You might try opening with OpenOffice Write and saving as .odt (Write's
native XML format). I've opened .wpd files with it and converted to .odt
successfully, but only experimentally. It's got alot of standards
available to it and it's a free download.

You might also look into Jhove or the EU Planets Project to
characterize/validate your documents. Could produce interesting insights.

Joseph Greene
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive Project (HII),
James Joyce Library,
Dublin 4.

(t) 01 716 7506
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----- Original Message -----
From: MicheleR <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 3:19 am
Subject: Re: Technical question on document format [slightly OT]
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> Leah Prescott wrote:
> > Could the "Voyager" font you see be a font used by the library 
> > system Voyager? Are they .doc files? Can you convert from the 
> .rtf 
> > files to .txt?
> Let us say, they have a .doc extension and can be opened with Word -
> -
> which of course doesn't necessarily mean they are actually real
> Word documents.  I don't think they came out of the Voyager
> library system because Voyager doesn't store inventories,
> only MARC records.  I can save it as rtf and it looks fine,
> but I still can't get out of rtf into anything plain text.
> Kate Bowers wrote:
> > You could try saving the document, in MSWord, as "Plain text."
> > Choose a NEW name for the file.  MSWord may ask you to pick an
> > encoding.
> Save as -> plain txt gets me all those little boxes, no matter 
> which 
> encoding options I tried. Argh.  Isn't technology supposed to make
> our lives EASIER??
> Michele
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