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Old 06-12-2011, 03:02 PM   #1
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adding paragraphs marks in search/replace

Often in converting a book from a pdf file into an epub, there are many instances of having two paragraphs run together. It's very disturbing to me when there are two paragraphs, one ending with a quote and the other beginning with a quote, that have been run together so that there is a " " or "" within a single paragraph.

Usually I edit these out using MS Word or EditPro, but occasionally I forget and end up with a largely completed epub with the offenders still present. I've tried to use search/replace with some sort of paragraph marker in the replace box but have been unable to find the proper expression. I have been simply finding in the epub a location where there is an invisible paragraph mark, copy that small section, and then substitute " where appropriate. This is a pretty cumbersome procedure and I wonder if anyone knows how to add a paragraph symbol in the replace box.

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Old 06-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #2
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Often in converting a book from a pdf file into an epub, there are many instances of having two paragraphs run together. It's very disturbing to me when there are two paragraphs, one ending with a quote and the other beginning with a quote, that have been run together so that there is a " " or "" within a single paragraph.

Usually I edit these out using MS Word or EditPro, but occasionally I forget and end up with a largely completed epub with the offenders still present. I've tried to use search/replace with some sort of paragraph marker in the replace box but have been unable to find the proper expression. I have been simply finding in the epub a location where there is an invisible paragraph mark, copy that small section, and then substitute " where appropriate. This is a pretty cumbersome procedure and I wonder if anyone knows how to add a paragraph symbol in the replace box.
Are you trying to only work in Bookview?
What does that look like in Codeview?
are the " straight or Curly?
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:34 PM   #3
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I think you can use a regular expression for that. It is even easier if you have curly quotes.
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They are straight quotes, in code view, but when I try to do a search/replace I've tried:

search
" "
replace
"\r\n"

and it replaces IN THE TEXT:
"\r\n"

It does not produce a new paragraph.
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They are straight quotes, in code view, but when I try to do a search/replace I've tried:

search
" "
replace
"\r\n"

and it replaces IN THE TEXT:
"\r\n"

It does not produce a new paragraph.
I only have been able to make new Para in Code view.
I replace with the </p> <p class...
Tidy will make it look good
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Thanks. Great - That works fine! I don't know why I didn't think of that.
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