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Old 03-15-2019, 11:22 AM   #1
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Question sigil spell check complains parts of word

The picture should be self-explaning (click to enlarge):


The spellcheck complains the word "ei", but there is no such word. Instead it is a part of a word. And there is nothing wrong with it.

These are the spellcheck settings:


I tested sigil 0.9.10 and also 0.9.13 which I compiled today from master branch.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:51 AM   #2
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I suspect there is a hidden character (thin space, soft hyphen ...) in the next place.
Try moving the cursor to the right with the arrow key
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I'm 99% sure you have Soft Hyphens hidden in your code.

Easiest way to find it is:

1. Tools > Reports > Characters in HTML Files

This will give you a list of all characters in your book.

2. Scroll down the list and look for anything strange:

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Name:	SoftHyphensReport.png
Views:	14
Size:	12.4 KB
ID:	170230

3. Double-click the row, and it will put the strange character in the Search for you. You can then Find/Replace.

In this case, if you double-click the Soft Hyphen, you can then replace it with nothing.

Note: I attached a sample EPUB with a soft hyphen in it.

Code:
<p>This example has a soft hyphen.</p>
In the EPUB, the word "example" has a soft hyphen between the ex-ample.

Note #2: If it isn't a Soft Hyphen, then it's probably one of the many different types of spaces or invisible characters (like a Zero-Width Joiner). Those will all show up in the Report.
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File Type: epub SoftHyphenExample.epub (1.8 KB, 7 views)

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Wow! Thanks - I didn't know that such hidden code exists.
Removing it by replacing it with 'nothing' works when I choose regular expressions.
I have 42 chapters and therefore a lot of files. Do I need to make this for a every file individually or is there a way to execute this on all files automatically?
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You can always add &shy; or &#xad; to your Preserve Entities list in your Sigil Preferences. That way, all soft hyphens will be converted to visible html entities whenever opening/saving/mending an epub. Then they can be easily removed with F&R. You can add any other zero-space character entities you may encounter there as well. That way, they won't ever sneak up on you again.

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I have 42 chapters and therefore a lot of files. Do I need to make this for a every file individually or is there a way to execute this on all files automatically?
In the F&R box, you should see "Mode:" + a few dropdowns.

The 2nd dropdown should be changed from "Current File" to "All HTML Files".

And yes, like you found out, the 1st dropdown should say "Regex".
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