I received a Word document with Bulgarian text. When I copy-paste it to our web based CMS some letters change (possibly to Russian??).

If I copy and paste special (from Word 2003 to Word 2003 as unformatted Unicode), some letters change as well!

So I think that the document I received is not in Unicode but uses some Bulgarian code page. I already set the language to Bulgarian in both documents but that didn't help.

  • Can I confirm that the original doc is not in unicode (and if so, how)?
  • Can I convert it to Unicode (and is so, how)?
  • Is that likely to solve the problem or am I on the wrong track?
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    What happens if you copy and paste the code into WordPad? And NotePad? Does the same error persist? – Dave Oct 21 '13 at 13:57
  • coolutils.com/Word-to-Unicode – Dave Oct 21 '13 at 14:03
  • @DaveRook: yes, in Notepad we see the exact same problem. Even changing the font to Arial Unicode MS within Word 2003 triggers the problem. I'll see if I can try the tool. Already contacted my Bulgarian ex colleague as well. – RubenGeert Oct 21 '13 at 14:13

OK, so now I know...

The letters don't really change: they have different visual representations but they are still the same letters. This is known as manuscript style versus print style. The text looks different but hasn't actually changed.

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