Constructing => Software / Technical => Topic started by: YankeeHata on January 22, 2014, 12:59:39 AM

Title: .txt to .puz formatting issue
Post by: YankeeHata on January 22, 2014, 12:59:39 AM
Hi all,

This is probably a real simple issue but I'm not that savvy technically. I made a puzzle on my Mac and put in .txt format so I could convert it to .puz format. It looks fine as a .txt in TextEdit, but when I open it in Across Lite, the quotation marks, apostrophes, and accented à show up as different characters. I don't remember ever having had this issue before. Anybody know what's up?
Title: Re: .txt to .puz formatting issue
Post by: Malcolm McLean on May 18, 2014, 11:05:06 AM
Most software only understands ASCII characters.
These are the characters from 32 (space) to 126 (tilde). Newlines
might also be supported. If you try to use characters outside of this set, e.g. quotes with directionality, accented a, and so on, then a lot of software won't understand it.
There are several standards for exchanging non-ascii characters, like UTF8, wide characters, html-style escape sequences, and various 256 character extended ascii page schemes. You can't guarantee which of these any given program will support.