characters lost pasting from Word To LiveCode field

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at
Tue Dec 13 19:41:47 EST 2011

Is it possible to export the text from Word as RTF, then import into
Livecode as RTF?


On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM, Sieg Lindstrom
<sl at>wrote:

> I use a LiveCode app (OSX) to parse text taken from Word files, glean
> relevant data, write records to a database and also reformat the original
> text in certain ways. I copy and paste text from Word into a field in my
> app, click a button and it does the rest, until I upgraded to 5.0x.
> I'll say up front the details of text encoding are not my strong suit. With
> earlier versions (RunRev 4.x and earlier), I'd sometimes have to write
> special routines to search and replace certain characters from the pasted
> text. For example, the em-dash, "‹" (chartonum 209), which after pasting
> from Word was seen by RunRev as two characters (a two-byte character?),
> numtochar of 32 followed by numtochar of 20 so I wrote a routine to just
> search and replace to numToChar of 209. My new problem is that with
> LiveCode
> 5.0x (I just upgraded to 5.02), the em-dash if pasted from a Word file
> instantly disappears from the text.
> This...
> Berlin, Germany, December 12‹
> becomes this...
> Berlin, Germany, December 12
> This probably affects other characters; I'm not yet sure which ones. Any
> suggestions how I can seamlessly copy and paste the em-dash and other
> characters like it from Word to a LiveCode field? The only workaround, very
> inelegant, that I've found is to copy and paste from Word to TextEdit and
> then from TextEdit to LiveCode app. Not a welcome extra step. Thanks in
> advance.
> Sieg
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