Possible mistaken information
The Number of Characters field in the preamble may not be that at all because in a couple of LAF files I have, this number does not match the actual number of characters in the file and therefore is unable to load properly, if at all.
I looked at the mysterious files and they do appear to be valid LAF files when compared side-by-side with LAF files known to load properly.
I suspect the two unknown fields in the preamble may have something to do with this since those numbers vary from file to file or they could be a special set of flags or something that affects the way the file is read. Any other thoughts?
--Constchar 03:51, 31 May 2008 (EDT)