The purpose here is to describe the various editors available for SAPscript texts.
There are some text editors available for SAPscript inSAP systems. The is the line editor, which uses the internal ITF sapscript format. There is the MS Word text editor, which is now the default graphical editor. There is an old non-Unicode graphical PC editor which has been retired but is still available to customers if needed from the SAP Software Download Center. The graphical editors use the width of the MAIN window in the assicaited SAPscript form as the line length. Also the paragraph formats and character formats of the asssociated SAPscript form are available while editing this text.
SAPscript Line Editor
The SAPscript Line Editor is the oldest editor and the text uses the internal SAPscript ITF format. This ITF format is an internal SAPscript format for storing and displaying SAPscript texts. Here you can have simple text characters or symbols passed from the application print program. To signify the beginning of a symbol, the special character & is used. So a symbol in the line editor would be entered as &Symbol_name&. If you want to print an actual '&' character, then it must be masked in the SAPscript Line Editor. i.e. It must be entered like this: <(>&<)>. So the character '<' is also a special character used for the masking of characters that could be interpreted as special characters rather than normal text.
MS Word SAPscript Editor
The MS Word SAPscript Editor was introduced largely to deal with editing characters from multiple languages in Unicode systems. In todays global environment is often necessary to process characters from multiple languages in SAP systems. The Unicode MS Word editor accomodates this and it is possible e.g. to copy and paste exotic characters from other applications into this editor. There are some restrictions with the MS Word Editor described in note 742662. Not all of the features of MS Word are available within the editor. e.g. Only the paragraph and character formats from the SAPscript form or the style of a Smart Form are possible. The MS Word Editor is the default graphical SAPscript editor.
SAPscript Legacy Text Editor
The old SAPscript Graphical PC Editor like the MS Word editor is WYSIWYG(What you see is what you get) editor. Texts are asssigned to SAPscript forms. By default this is the standard SAPscript form SYSTEM unless it is changed.
Since SAPGUI for Windows Release 7.40 Compilation 2 (Patch 05) and higher, the controls for SAPscript Leagacy Text Editor are o longer available as standard. As per note: 2221815, the SAPscript Legacy Text Editor patch SAPSLTESP00_0-70001053.EXE can be downloaded from:
-> Support Packages and Patches
-> Browse Download Catalog
-> SAP Frontend Components
-> SAPSCRIPT LEGACY TEXT EDITOR
-> SAPSCRIPT LEGACY TEXT EDITOR (Support Packages and Patches)
If you would like to include SAPscript legacy editor in a SAPGUI server build, please see the BC-FES-GUI note 2192210 for steps.