Generations and Lotus Wordpro

Tip version: 37.4

Modified date: 13 May 2001

Software versions: v5.2 and above (for Generations); WordPro 96, 97, Millenium (Lotus)

Credits: revisions to this tip have been substantially aided by information from Bryan Logan.

There have been two problems that have been observed when using the Generations software and the Lotus WordPro word processing package:

1) The WordPro program does not pick up the file name properly from Generations, thus it will not open a file directly from Generations. The Wordpro program will start, but you then have to use the Open File dialog to get the RTF (Rich Text Format) file created by Generations. This problem is present with WordPro96 and WordPro97, but it is fixed in Wordpro Millenium (v9.5 of Wordpro).

2) There is also a problem with the superscripts in reports generated with the Generations software. This problem appears to occur only with the WordPro97 release and is not present in WordPro96 or WordPro Millenium.

The source citation superscripts in reports are not displayed as numbers (or numbers and text) offset upwards from the line of the text but instead are shown as numbers in line with the text in WordPro97. This makes the citations quite hard to identify in the body of the reports. The Rich Text Format (.rtf) files generated by the Generations software use the Rich Text command \fs16\up6 This results in superscripts with a fairly large character size and reasonably well offset upwards from the line of the text with most word processors.

The workaround for WordPro97 is to globally replace the above command in the Rich Text File with the command \super This will generate superscripts in the "classic" style with a rather small character size, well offset upwards from the line of the text. These are much harder to read than the larger characters used by the Generations approach.

This will be particularly important if you are using the superscript style of the source number and source detail in the superscript. One may edit the Rich Text Format files with a text editor (do not use a word processor as we do not want to interpret the .rtf file at this time, just edit it.)

Examples of text editors include the Windows Notepad program included with all versions of Microsoft Windows. This is an adequate program but it does have it's limitations, in particular it can only handle text files up to 64 Kb in size. Reports generated by the Generations software can easily exceed this size limit. Alternate editors without this limit include any number of free and shareware programs. These may be found in the utility or editing program sections of the major web software sites.

Two examples of these are the Notepad Plus program, a nice free program written by Roger Meurs, with a home page of http://www.mypeecee.org/rogsoft/ Another example is the free Texturizer program written by David Tenser of DJST productions, with a home page of http://start.at/djst

Performing the edit is quite simple, just go to the start of the file and do a global search and replace (i.e. replace all instances) of "\fs16\up6" with "\super" - that's it.

Regards, Mike Hobart

Copyright © 1999-2001 Michael A. Hobart, commercial reuse restricted.

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