There's such a Mac-friendly group here, I thought I might get some guidance. I'm happily developing everything on my PowerBook, and loving it. Yeah, TextMate is way cool. But all my clients keep sending me copy in Microsoft Word format and the curly quotes, ellipses, dashes, etc. turn into question marks. This might be overreaching, but is there some way to open the Word doc, Cmd+A/Cmd+C, then pop into TextMate and Cmd+V getting the entities (curlies, etc.) straightened out or converted to HTML entities? Is anyone else experiencing this as a problem? It's hair-pulling crazy but (um) it doesn't happen on my Windows box. TIA
on 2006-02-22 01:48
on 2006-02-22 03:18
Just make sure the files are using a proper character set (i.e. everything on my computer is done using UTF-8) and the special characters should show up fine. I'm sure Word has a function to change files' character set. Use Mac Roman, Mac Western, or UTF-8 and you should have no problems. On 2/21/06, Steve Ross <email@example.com> wrote: > Is anyone else experiencing this as a problem? It's hair-pulling crazy > -- => the blog from beyond <= => www.eyeheartzombies.com <=
on 2006-02-22 03:24
Hi Kenneth I believe the OP's problem wasn't just the display of the entities, but converting those to HTML entities like &quo; for example.
on 2006-02-22 08:20
Yes, this is the "holy grail." Word takes its locale from two places 1) the original document; and 2) the local machine. So far so good, right? But the original document most often comes from Windows where the document is tagged with a code page that includes some convenient mb characters, but not the same ones as Mac Roman. Anyhow, the problem is that if I take a client's Word/Windows document, copy it, and paste it, I get a lot of ? characters. But even if it worked as you might expect and pasted UTF-8 straight across, I'd prefer to use HTML entities, as they are almost certain to work. I'm surprised nobody else is tripping over this. Thx Luke Redpath wrote: > Hi Kenneth > > I believe the OP's problem wasn't just the display of the entities, but > converting those to HTML entities like &quo; for example.