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  • Hi all,

    I'm trying to use Word's mail merge functionality through Java by passing it the relevant data through an appropriately formatted file. This is all well and good - apart from any currency (£) symbols are *SOMETIMES* appearing as ú symbols!

    After much searching & trial and error, the problem lies in the fact that Word is importing the data source as an "MS-DOS" file rather than "Windows (Default)" file. When I've tried to import the relevant data source myself manually, it selects MS-DOS automatically instead of "Windows (Default)"? It's making no sense to me why some data files would be automatically selected as "Windows (Default)" formatting, whereas others are selected as "MS-DOS" formatting (exactly the same data source format, so no differences there).

    Can anyone shed any light on this? Completely and utterly confused...


    Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:16 PM


  • Hi Daniel

    I'm not an expert in this area and I think you might have better luck on coming across people with experience in this area in the end-user forum:

    However, to the best of my recollection, it has to do with the non-visible encoding. I think the information on wikipedia about BOM and encoding points in the right direction, although it doesn't tell you how to incorporate this in your text file (and I don't know the particulars):

    In a nutshell, I think the file needs to contain something inside it to indicate that it's ANSI or Unicode rather than ASCII.

    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5:07 PM