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Let's talk about text, Baby!

UDO expects a text file which you can edit with every ASCII editor. You should use only printable characters. That means you shouldn't use any characters below space except ASCII 9 (tab), ASCII 10 (line feed) and ASCII 13 (carriage return). A text line in a source file shouldn't contain more than 4092 characters.

UDO layouts the destination file itself. That means that it fills in spaces between words and lines between paragraphs:

are characters which are divided by one or more blank or tab. UDO prints words divided by one blank.
consist of words. Paragraphs are divided by one or more empty line(s) or UDO commands. UDO divides paragraphs by one empty line when printing the destination file.

You can compose the source file using different charsets.

When UDO starts the conversion it excepts the character set that is used on the current operating system. If you want to convert source documents which use other encodings, you have to inform UDO with the relevant commands. Get more information about this in the chapter Special characters.

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Last updated on May 19, 2014

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