WordPerfect 5.1 is a very nice program. The support for
different fonts and character sets for laser printers looks to be
great. However, None-the-less WP did a few for those of us who
don't have access to a laser printer, but often use the IBM
extended character set, the need to have to specify both the
appropriate character set containing a particular character, and
the number of the particular character within that set, is a real
pain. Now that I know the ASCII numbers for the characters I use,
WP goes and changes the rules
To simplify entering the character set info for the
extended ASCII characters, I put together a memory resident help
for the character set specifications for all the characters between
128 and 255. Using WPASCII allows you to find this info at the
touch of a key rather than commit to memory or look it up in the
Load WPASCII before starting WordPerfect. Then when you need
to know the character specification for a character, press Ctrl &
Left Shift simultaneously.
The help screen which then pops up is broken into six columns.
Within each column, in ascending numeric order, is the ASCII code
(column one starts at 128), the character corresponding to that
code, and the WordPerfect character set information. The character
set info is in the form n,nn. The n preceding the comma is the
character set the character is in, while the nn is the number of
the character within that character set. Press Esc of course to
exit the help screen.
To enter the character set information in WP, press Ctrl-V and
then enter the n,nn in response to the "key" prompt from WP. You
should then see the character on your screen. If you do a Reveal
Codes, and move the cursor to that character you will see the
character set codes you entered. Consult your WordPerfect 5.1
manual for more information on this.