Microsoft KB Archive/42386

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Word: Converting Fonts from Word for DOS to Macintosh Word PSS ID Number: Q42386 Article last modified on 08-17-1993 PSS database name: APpsConV

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When you open a Microsoft Word for DOS file in Word versions 3.0x or 4.00 for the Macintosh, fonts are not mapped according to name. They are mapped according to font family. For example:

Font Family —- ——

Times Roman Helvetica Swiss Courier Modern Symbol Tech

Microsoft Word for the Macintosh maps fonts from each family to specific Macintosh fonts, according to the type of printer selected in the Chooser, because of the following two reasons:

  1. Word for the Macintosh doesn’t have any way to access the PRD file that was used when the file was originally created in Word for DOS.
  2. Word for DOS partitions font numbers into font families.

For example, if a Word for DOS document is formatted in a font called Optima, and the Optima font is installed in the Macintosh System, when that file is opened in Word for the Macintosh versions 3.0x or 4.00, the text is formatted in New York or Times, not in Optima. This situation occurs because Optima is a Roman font and Word for the Macintosh maps all Roman fonts to Times (if the LaserWriter is selected) or New York (if the ImageWriter is selected).

The fonts that are exceptions are Avant Garde, Palatino, Zapf Chancery, London, and Symbol. These fonts have been assigned fixed font code numbers in Word for DOS; Word for the Macintosh knows what their names are without looking at the PRD file, and can map them to the same fonts if the same fonts are installed on the Macintosh.

Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.