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strange formatting and other changes in text files


Good Morning;

I have recently noticed that something has changed in the way .txt files are opening up.

The files now have _ underline and * star symbols in some places. I am wondering if there is a way to open them with MS Word 2003 to get rid of them.

I download in text form because of a metered WiFi connection.

Word's default text opening is Unicode UTF-8

Will another code work.



Does .txt really save that much compared to .html?
I'd guess 10%-15% but there is nothing empirical behind those figures.

Replies:   oldegrump
Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)


A while back I updated the .txt creation script to convert bold/strong tags to asterisks and italic/emphasis to underscores.

Just like the system accepts them as submissions and shows them properly.

MS Word 2003? Wow, it's a little out of date I'd say...

You can always do a find and replace to delete them.



The advantage to TXT files is that the download is 1 file. Zip files have each section as HTML.

I have not downloaded as HTML, other then zip

I know I am being a little picky, but I am picky.


I on rare occasions see the asterisk from apple and MS txt files. I used to use 2003, 2009, 2012 word processors then I switched to Linux Mint Cinnamon with LibreOffice (free OS and Distro). It works well with both MS and apple document files. I stick with *.txt files since identifying computer info is not included in the properties of the file. I can read and export all MS documents also from and to all of the other OS. It also has a pretty decent spell checker.
Computer wise it likes at least an atom processor or any AMD with at least 2 GB of RAM and at least a 64GB HDD.

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