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From the book Working with Legacy Text

Working with Legacy Text

Adobe periodically updates Illustrator’s type engine, partly in order to maintain compatibility between applications. If you open a file created in an older version and see a warning about using legacy type, you’ll need to update the type to the new engine if you want to edit the type. However, this action could cause the type to reflow, so you might want to keep a copy of the original handy as a reference if you need to edit the type. If the file is very old, updating legacy type might be a multi-step process. Adobe first updates type to be compatible with the changes that were made in CS, and then updates for any changes thereafter—for example, updating Type on a Path created prior to CS4 to the current behavior of Type on a Path. By following the prompts, you’ll get your old file updated to the latest type engine, permitting you now to edit it.

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