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Old 12-22-2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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Fixing a document with too many carriage returns?

I'm wanting to convert from a PDF that was written by someone who began writing long before personal computers, possibly even before computers numbered more than a few dozen in the world...

The problem is the source document is formatted just like if it was written on a typewriter with double spaced lines and only indents for paragraphs. Somewhat randomly there's an additional blank line between paragraphs.

What happens when I convert it is every single line gets made into its own paragraph so what comes out is a string of sentence fragments with blank lines between, which on my phone screen are each about 1.5 lines.

Is there any way to even partially automatically fix this or am I stuck scrolling through it, manually deleting every extraneous carriage return and replacing it with a space?

Some "silver citizen" authors take to computers like a duck to water, some try to treat them like extra fancy electric typewriters, using fixed line lengths, double spaces after punctuation and all the other manual formatting one had to do with ink smacked onto paper. Much easier to simply write the paragraphs and do nothing special other than a single blank line between them. Let the software handle all the formatting and flow the text.

I cut my computer writing teeth on WordStar on a Xerox 820-II CP/M computer. It was like an extra fancy electric typewriter! Took me a while to get used to the more "free flowing" capability of word mangling software for Windows and stop doing things like hitting Enter at the end of every line in e-mails.
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