Quoth Lars Eighner on Thursday, 18 August 2011:
> On Thu, 18 Aug 2011, Al Plant wrote:
> >Aloha Lars,
> >
> >You mentioned WP5 in this thread. I have some docs on disks that were 
> >created in WP5. You know any FreeBSD based app like abiword that can read 
> >them for transfer to a contemporary program?
> I don't know of anything.  If I recall correctly, abiword could open such
> files but made mincemeat of them - perhaps some progress has been made since
> I last tried.
> Since I still have my copy of WP5, I run it in dosbox and re-export file to
> a more widely supported format.  This is subject to the limitations of the
> time, so the conversion of special characters and formating is iffy and
> tables are almost guaranteed to be a mess.  I believe there is a dummy print
> driver for WP6DOS which prints WP6 documents to disc in pdf or ghostscript
> which can subsequently be printed to paper (or converted) with modern 
> tools. There might be something similar for WP5, but in both cases this 
> depends on
> having the original WP program to run in dosbox.
> Since intellectual property puts meat on my family's table, I naturally
> would not suggest that pirate copies of WP5 might be on the web somewhere.
> -- 
> Lars Eighner
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I use libreoffice to open all my old WP files.  It's slow as a dog, but
at least it can read them.

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