An MS Office 2007 font mystery

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maestrogn

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In 2008, I wrote a book in Word 2007 that made extensive use of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The font that I used was SIL Doulos IPA93. That font is still on my computer. However, when I open the Word file, all of those IPA symbols have been converted to Wingdings.

If one tries to change the Wingdings back to either the SIL font or Times New Roman, all the characters become boxes which I think means that all of the font encoding has been lost.

HOWEVER -- the mystery...

If I copy and paste the Windings over to Excel 2007, I can convert those to a text font. The only things I am missing are where a shift letter was used. These will not convert to a current IPA font (now Charis SIL) and have to be hand converted. But, at least the vast majority of the wingdings be converted to text and then over to the IPA font.

The question is, why is that not possible in Word. What am I missing?

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