RE: 1253 to unicode

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Mon Nov 15 1999 - 22:38:09 EST

If these Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents are in cp1253, then your clients
must be using Office95 or older products. If that is the case, an easy way
to generate Unicode versions of the content while retaining the look of the
documents is to open the files in Office97/2000 and save them as the native
binary format of Office97/2000 (which uses Unicode). Or you can save as
plain text Unicode, which does not maintain the text formatting, or even
HTML (change the save encoding to Unicode), which mostly does retain the
text formatting (especially in 2000).

There is no way to preserve the file format unchanged and still store the
text as Unicode - that is by definition impossible since the Office95 file
formats do not use Unicode. (Supporting Unicode was the primary reason file
formats changed between Office95 and Office97).

Chris Pratley
Lead Program Manager
Microsoft Office

-----Original Message-----
From: Magda Danish (Unicode) []
Sent: Friday, November 12, 1999 2:49 PM
To: Unicode List
Subject: FW: 1253 to unicode

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Gerontides []
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 1999 12:58 AM
Subject: 1253 to unicode

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are an information company located in Athens Greece. We have several
clients that have the need of converting their documents (Word, Excel,
Power Point, Access e.t.c.) from the 1253 code page to the unicode

Would you be so kind as to inform us of any products that you may have
(or know) that will automatically change the 1253 code page to unicode.
Of course the format of the documents should remain intact.

Your prompt reply would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Michael Gerontides
President Info-Sense isc.

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