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Old 12-13-2010, 06:51 AM   #1
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three trailing dots ...

is there any way to patch up sentences that end with ...

so that e-readers do not split them over two lines ?

I hate seeing lines which trail off like ..
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it would not be allowed in a printed book.

I am wondering if anything can be done at html level to force all sets of 3 dots to stay together during re-flows ?
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:07 AM   #2
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Use the HTML entity representing an ellipsis: … or ….

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Old 12-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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OK - so I'd need to do a global find & replace on my source

if I open in sigil i find there are 400+ instances of ". . ."

do i put "&hellip" in the replace all box ( without the quotes and without a trailing semicolon ) ?
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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OK - so I'd need to do a global find & replace on my source

if I open in sigil i find there are 400+ instances of ". . ."

do i put "&hellip" in the replace all box ( without the quotes and without a trailing semicolon ) ?
Correct, except for the trailing semi-colon - you need to include that.

Find: . . .

Replace with: …

If there is a space between the final word and the first dot in the ellipsis then you should also replace that space with a non-breaking space -  
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thanks - sigil - code view - find & replace all
". . ." to "…"
seems to have done the trick

I left out looking for the preceeding space, as I'll be happy just to have all 3 dots on the same line, even if they have a line all to themselves.

it would be nice if the "smarten punctuation" feature took care of this, automatically - but maybe there are valid instances where ". . ." should stay as-is ?

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it would be nice if the "smarten punctuation" feature took care of this, automatically - but maybe there are valid instances where ". . ." should stay as-is ?
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