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Old 03-21-2010, 04:55 AM   #1
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Doing away with long dashes

I'm working on a little project which has exactly 1179 long dashes. None of them are needed, so I would like to know how I can subsitute them with a space.

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Old 03-21-2010, 05:02 AM   #2
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Forgive the obvious question, but why can you not simply do a search and replace?
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:54 AM   #3
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Because the "space" character is not recognized as such. Nothing happens if I just click on "replace" having a long dash in the search field and a blank space in the lower field.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:10 AM   #4
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Oh, I see the problem!

You could try replacing it with the HTML character code for a space, which is "" (without the quotes). That should work, too.

EDIT: Sorry, that didn't work for some reason. The value is (without the spaces):

& # 2 0 ;
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:49 AM   #5
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Use the replace-all, Logseman. Enter the long dash in the top window and in the replace-with window enter space x space. Then go back and simply remove that isolated x. Voila. Cheers. Neil

PS: If you find you've accidentally left too much space, simply go back to replace-all. Enter two spaces in the top window and one space in the lower window. N
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:47 AM   #6
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But the OP said that using "space" as the replace text didn't work, Neil.
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It works that way, Harry, though you can't replace a letter or punctuation with a space. I use it every day because many writers (especially in the US) tend to leave two spaces after a full stop (period) and I have to lose thousands of those extra spaces in almost every manuscript I work on. Of course, I'm guessing that Logseman is working in Word. Cheers. Neil
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:25 PM   #8
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I'm working on Sigil (that's why this post is here) and it's my maiden project, as you may well notice In my case, it's a Project Gutenberg ePub file, a theater piece I'm editing (Emilia Galotti, a short German classic). Once I do away with the dashes it'll be almost ready to publish here in MR, though I'll still need to validate it, another thing I'd like to ask how to do.
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Woops. Sorry for the muddle, Logseman. Good luck. Neil
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