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William Overington

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  1. Well I suppose that I had implicitly and unconsciously assumed that he is running Windows. William
  2. Ah, yes, you answered 10 hours ago, that is about half-past midnight whereas I only saw it this morning. Oh dear. William
  3. Oh, I had not noticed that last sentence. Was it there all the time or a later addition? William
  4. Thank you. It seems that our two posts were done almost simultaneously. William
  5. I have now found that INDD is Adobe InDesign Document and IDML may well be InDesign Markup Language. William
  6. If you need some software to get going promptly, Serif do Serif PagePlus. I am using version X7. There is a later X9 version. I find it good for most of what I want to do. It is described as a legacy product and is as it is. But nevertheless it is very good. I am still using Serif ImpactPlus 5 which is well over a decade old. I hope things work out for you. William
  7. Oh I do wish that people would state the meaning of an abbreviation when they first use it! :-) I don't know what either of the two in capital letters means! William
  8. Well, that reminds me that a byte was not always used for an 8-bit unit as it is mostly used today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte William
  9. Further to my previous post, when Affinity Publisher tries to read in the .rtf file, does it first check to see if the first two bytes are a Byte Order Mark? If so, then if a Byte Order Mark is detected, there we go, but if a Byte Order Mark is not detected my hunch would be that the characters are in low byte then high byte order for each character. I do not know about the internal structure of a .rtf file but I have just found the following http://www.biblioscape.com/rtf15_spec.htm and there is mention of a format variation. > An RTF file consists of unformatted text, control words, control symbols, and groups. For ease of transport, a standard RTF file can consist of only 7-bit ASCII characters. (Converters that communicate with Microsoft Word for Windows or Microsoft Word for the Macintosh should expect 8-bit characters.) There is no set maximum line length for an RTF file. So maybe that implies different "flavours" of .rtf and maybe there is a flavour that is not supported by Affinity Publisher at present. William
  10. Byte Order Mark is intended to help, not be a problem. I don't know if it will help but a Unicode Text Document saved from WordPad has a Byte Order Mark at the start, and that, because of the file starting with FF then FE rather than FE then FF indicates that the bytes in that type of file has low order byte before high order byte for each sixteen-bit character. That is because FFFE is not a valid character, so for the first character to be valid, as the first two bytes are FF then FE, the character must be a hexadecimal FEFF, so that is how the order of the two bytes for each character can be deduced automatically. The file is just a sequence of many (low order byte followed by a high order byte). I have not seen any explicit reasoning for this order, but I suspect that it all goes back to the byte order in early Intel microprocessors where some instructions had 8 bits of data and some had 16 bits of data, those 16 bits being an address in the memory map. I seem to remember that there is an anomaly in that some 16-bit files do not have a Byte Order Mark. This is to do with it being "known" (maybe +just by some people in relation to a particular file?) which format of byte order is being used. The following might be helpful. http://unicode.org/faq/utf_bom.html Please note that I am not purporting to be an expert on this, it is just bits that I have picked up over the years. William
  11. Thank you. Apart from the very few occasions when I need to produce a PDF slideshow, now that I know and have tested that Affinity Publisher can include an Author name in a PDF, Affinity Publisher does what I want it to do for my publishing activities. Gold star to Serif. William
  12. By the way, the British Library page has "If you're a publisher," Some people think that "publisher" means only one of those big commercial publishing companies, but that is not the case. A publisher can be an individual putting out items. Whether it is a paid-for item or a read-for-free item is not part of it. Perceived literary merit is not part of it. So I am a publisher for my novel and I have sent chapters as I have published them to the British Library at publication or soon afterwards for legal deposit, sometimes one chapter, sometimes more than one chapter, and these have been acknowledged by email each time. I have also deposited fonts that I have produced and I believe that I am the first person to do so. Also other items such as research documents that I have produced. William
  13. Well, I learned about it in the 1960s because I was into hobbyist letterpress printing and I was reading various things. It might not have been in this particular book but a good book that I read a lot in those days was Five Hundred Years of Printing by S. H. Steinberg. I found this quite by chance when looking through a display of Pelican books in a large bookshop where they may have had one copy of everything available in the Pelican series. I do not know whether it is still available today. I am not sure but I think that the law was from some many years, maybe centuries, before then. There were fines for con-compliance and I seem to remember that the fines were much higher if the publication was anything to do with an election. I sometimes notice these days that when "vote for me" leaflets come round during elections they often have things like "Printed by [Business name and address] and published by [Party name and address]" printed on them. For information about legal deposit there are some good documents on the British Library website. https://www.bl.uk/legal-deposit William
  14. So, moving on, having discovered that Affinity Publisher does allow the name of an Author to go through to a PDF, does Affinity Publisher have the ability to produce a PDF Slideshow please? PagePlus does and I am now wondering whether that facility is somewhere in Affinity Publisher. I have had a look in the Help section but I have not found anything about it. William
  15. The following comments relate to England, I do not know about what is the situation elsewhere. Well, if the leaflets are made available to the public then they are published, though the person printing them is not necessarily the publisher. I do not know if the law is still the same but back in the 1960s I remember reading that it is the law that anyone in the UK printing a leaflet for someone needs to keep available a copy for at least 3 months in case a magistrate wants to inspect it. I do not know how that applies to business cards, but I suppose it depends what is on them. There was also a law that leaflets should carry an imprint showing who printed them. There is also the matter of the requirement for legal deposit. Legal deposit was expanded in 2013 to include items published electronically. William
  16. Yes, I got it to work, great! Having seen the advice of @walt.farrell and the response by @Old Bruce I went looking for the Fields panel. The search was on. To the Help facility and search for Fields. So, with information from there, I had to do View Studio and then there was a panel. So I filled in all six fields and four of them went through to the PDF as displayed in Document Properties in Adobe Reader, so good. The Document Propertes panel shows four fields and each was filled by information that I had input, and indeed that is more than PagePlus does. Three of the fields, Title, Author, Subject have the same names in the Document Properties in Adobe Reader as they do in the Fields panel of Affinity Publisher. The field Keywords in the Document Properties in Adobe Reader has the information that is in Tags in the Fields panel of Affinity Publisher. However, as far as I can tell at present, information in the Comments field and the Revision field in the Fields panel of Affinity Publisher do not go through to the PDF in a way observable using Adobe Reader, though whether or not they are actually in the document I do not know. So, the facility of adding author details into a PDF is there. It seems unfortunate that it is hidden away like that, but then again I have moaned at times at the way when I have started up some programs there are panels all over it and it is hard to know how to get started, for example a Java program environment that I got on a magazine cover disc years ago and when I started it up there seemed to be little panels all over the screen. However, in fairness, now thinking about it and searching for Author in the Help section of Affinity Publisher does refer to the Fields panel. Also I have not read through the documentation and maybe it is explained there. So maybe there needs to be, and maybe already is, a guide for an Author-Publisher who wants to publish his or her own writing on the web in PDF form where such things are explained. William test283.pdf
  17. How can I get the version 283 please? I got the 270 because when I tried to start Affinity Publisher and was offered a panel with a download. William
  18. As far as I can tell, with beta version 270, it is not possible to get an Author name into the PDF Document Properties panel. However, some posts in this thread say there is now a later version, so what happens with that? I am wondering why there is not a panel to put in an Author name or a Subject into a PDF. There is in PagePlus. William
  19. I remember having to build a system onto a roomful of 40 non-networked PCs using a pile of 20 or so 3 1/4 inch floppy discs. I started with a pile at the front of the room and as each disc finished I moved it to the next machine and so on. So that in the middle of the process 20 or so machines were each loading from a floppy disc all at the same time. I forget exactly how long it took but it was less than a day, maybe just most of the morning. William
  20. Oh I was not ranting, I was just musing on how things have changed during the last thirty to forty years or so. Well, generally speaking, no, but that was an era when programming languages were available and one could build applications quite straightforwardly. For example, the availability of programming languages, often built-in to early microcomputers. Back in the 1990s there were programs such as Borland Turbo Pascal and Borland Turbo C. I have tried more recently to get back into programming, but programming software seems to have gone very expensive, using it seems to be deemed to be a commercial activity and it costs a fortune. For example, I would like to produce some software to demonstrate my research ideas. I am confident that I could write it if facilities like there were in the 1990s were available. I would want to read in a text file such as a Unicode Text Document that had been produced using WordPad and manipulate the characters and then output results. William
  21. It appears that you thought correctly! Oh dear, I have got the jackpot for errors in this thread! William
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