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Old 01-08-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Smart Punctuation v7.38, quick questions

I was just reading the Changelog for v7.38 and saw
"Smarten punctuation: Convert double dashes to em dashes. Preprocessing: Various tweaks"

I thought double dashes had always been converted. Have I got the wrong end of the stick?

As I thought this was a 3rd-party add-on I didn't realise it was possible to ask for enhancements. If we can, would it be possible to broaden the list of char strings which get translated to the horizontal ellipsis. As far as I understand it's currently just ... (dotdotdot). I have seen many books with . . . (dot space dot space dot), especially TXT scans. If it's do-able I'd be quite happy to raise a ticket.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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You'd have to ask ldolse about the dashes, that was his change. Sure you can ask for enhancements to the feature (it is a 3rd party addon, but the addon is open source, so we can make changes to it).
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll raise the ticket.
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Old 01-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #4
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It was something I saw that was done during markdown conversion (and liked it) but markdown conversion only applies to txt. I figured the appropriate place to make that sort of change was if the user enabled the smarten_punctuation checkbox.

In a similar vein the same checkin also converts ellipsis which are three dots - '. . .' or '...' - to the ellipsis entity, as another user had complained about ebook renderers wrapping lines in the middle of an ellipsis.

Both would probably make sense in the actual smartypants library, but since I don't maintain that library I didn't stick it there, it's just in Calibre's code. Other tweaks can be done easily, as Kovid noted.

Edit - I didn't read the second half of your request til after I wrote the part about the ellipsis - anyway, a happy coincidence.

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Old 01-08-2011, 03:26 PM   #5
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@Idolse,

That's great. Thanks for anticipating my request . I haven't been able to try v7.38 yet because when I tried to download it was so slow I had to cancel. I'll try later.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
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You can download it from sourceforge.net if google is slow.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:25 PM   #7
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Thank you, I didn't realise that, my ignorance knows no bounds. It's downloading properly now.
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