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Old 07-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Too big gaps between paragraphs, sentences split with break in between....

Some files off the internet have lost a lot of their formatting and are in a bad shape - for example paragraphs with several lines between them (instead of just one), sentences split in the middle with several empty lines between etc.
Or for exampke a diamond shaped question mark replacing characters like apostrophes.

What are some tricks to clean up files in such a bad shape?
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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Without any example files it's hard to say...

You can try to cleanse the file by converting the empty lines using search and replace constructs and/or converting to html each paragraph block with <p> which inherently ignores whitespace.

The strange characters you see in place of apostrophes is a character encoding problem i.e. UTF-8 vs ANSI vs dos text.

I try to always work in html and try to avoid literal characters for extended dos characters and use their equivalent html codes i.e. &copy; for ©

Your best tool would be a powerful text editor like textplus or notepad+ and some knowledge of regex's (regular expression pattern matching)!
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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Or start with HTML tidy. It can fix a lot of things.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice so far!
I started a more specific thread about this in the Sigil section.
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