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ASCII encoding in WordPad

Yuan Ye
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HI, all
I am using Windows WordPad to write my choices.txt, which is supposed to be pure ASCII file. I am using the option of "Save as: Text Documents". Is that OK? Would the underlying encoding be "ASCII"? Or should I use the option of "Save as: Text Documents -- MS-Dos Format"? What's the difference? Please give me some suggestion. Thanks.
Nicholas Cheung
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I am using Windows WordPad to write my choices.txt, which is supposed to be pure ASCII file.

Personally, I prefer Notepad than Wordpad becos Notepad does not support any formatting, while Wordpad does (Bold, Italic, alignment etc).

I am using the option of "Save as: Text Documents". Is that OK? Would the underlying encoding be "ASCII"? Or should I use the option of "Save as: Text Documents -- MS-Dos Format"?

For Notepad, I just save it as .txt file.
I guess you can do the same.

What's the difference? Please give me some suggestion.

The difference is Wordpad indeed supports formatting, thus, it may not be pure ASCII. Although you can save it in pure ASCII, and the formats are all removed, you may not know the effect (or appearance) after those removed.
So, for safety, you need to double check it using a Notepad, or VI editor under Linux environment to make sure there is no problem encountered.
Nick.


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Yuan Ye
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HI, Nick.
Thanks for your suggestion. I am using NotePad now. But there is still a problem while saving. There's no ASCII encoding option when I save it as a text file. The only choices are "ANSI", "UNICODE", "UNICODE-Big ending" and "UTF-8". To ensure the ASCII encoding, which one should I choose? Thanks.
Nicholas Cheung
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The only choices are "ANSI", "UNICODE", "UNICODE-Big ending" and "UTF-8". To ensure the ASCII encoding, which one should I choose? Thanks.[/QB]

You can save it as ANSI.
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