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Old 09-12-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Replacing a single letter

Hello,
I'm using Sigil to edit a book which has many single T's instead of I's.
example : (T will not) instead of the correct (I will not).

Can anyone help me as to what to I need to enter in the find box to select a single T rather than t as part of a word.

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Old 09-12-2019, 12:36 PM   #2
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I'm using Sigil to edit a book which has many single T's instead of I's.
example : (T will not) instead of the correct (I will not).

Can anyone help me as to what to I need to enter in the find box to select a single T rather than t as part of a word.
Two easy ways of doing it:

1. Tools > Spellcheck > Spellcheck. Use the "Search" box up top to search for T, and use the "Change Selected Word To" box on the right side to change it to I.

2. Search > Find & Replace. Search for "SPACE + T + SPACE". Replace with "SPACE + I + SPACE". Then do another search for many other edge cases.

I would personally go with #1, because it's easy, and because you'll probably spot lots of other "T" typos as well.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:36 PM   #3
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I don't think #1 works with single letter words.
Code:
([“"\s]*)T\s
This is a little fancier
tests for either of 2 types of quotes or space, then a single T followed by a space
the capture allows replacement (I never got use of look behind down pat )

Code:
\1I
<remember the following space
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:46 PM   #4
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I don't think #1 works with single letter words.
It works. I tested it before responding to make sure. It'll also be more robust than trying to do multiple sets of Find/Replace/Regex... because looking just for spaces around the letter would miss more obscure edge cases like:

—T—
<sup>T</sup>
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where the spellcheck would catch it.

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It works. I tested it before responding to make sure.
I wonder if there is a setting I messed up a long time ago. I've only had it find words with wrong letters (or case in the middle).
Anyway. The OP has solutions either way
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\b(T)\b
in regex mode should catch most cases (replace with I).

Nothing's going to be perfect--like if there's markup dividing an actual word, for instance (not that I can think of any good reason why there should be).

But it should catch things like:

"T want to know."

or

There but for the grace of god go T.

But it will fail, if say, there's some dialog that attempts to simulate someone stuttering. Like:

"I want T-T-T-T-To know!"

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Old 09-12-2019, 03:45 PM   #7
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like if there's markup dividing an actual word, for instance (not that I can think of any good reason why there should be).
Drop caps, raised caps, or fancy first letters come to mind, now. You'll want to be wary of those regardless of the method used.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:58 PM   #8
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\b(T)\b
in regex mode should catch most cases (replace with I).
I was a little hesitant with giving the Regex \bLetter\b, although in this case it might work okay.

I've gotten burned too many times on words like "can't", where the apostrophe counts as the word boundary, so the single 't' gets caught up. And then I only notice much too late after I Replace All and moved on. :P

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Nothing's going to be perfect--like if there's markup dividing an actual word, for instance (not that I can think of any good reason why there should be).
Maths:

<i>x</i>-axis
sin<i>x</i>
x<sup>2</sup>y<sup>3</sup>
The <i>k</i>th number.

or emphasis on part of word:

<i>non</i>existent

That's just the few cases off the top of my head. :P

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Old 09-12-2019, 05:42 PM   #9
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Big thanks to everyone. I couldn't get spellcheck to pick up the single T, the only way I could get it to work was by showing all words and then scrolling down until I found it.

Search > Find & Replace, the count was 33 for([“"\s]*)T\s and 35 for \b(T)\b.

Sorted, and appreciate all the help.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:56 PM   #10
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... --like if there's markup dividing an actual word, for instance (not that I can think of any good reason why there should be).
I have seen single syllables within a word italicised/emboldened/underlined, which results in erroneous errors be reported in hunspell spellchecking. Must have a look at PageEdit's spell checker to see if it handles them any better.

Why is it done, because the writer is not a very good writer.

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Big thanks to everyone. I couldn't get spellcheck to pick up the single T, the only way I could get it to work was by showing all words and then scrolling down until I found it.
Ahh yes, forgot that "Show All Words" needs to be checked.

Here is how mine looks:

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1. Check the box for "Show All Words".

2. Type T into the search box.

3. Click the word you want to replace. In this case, the capital letter 'T'.

4. In the "Change Selected Word To" box, type what you want to replace. In this case, 'I'.
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That is why I did not see it. I almost never tick that box (my list is usually pretty long, since I use it on SF/Fantasy a lot)
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I use Show All to eye-ball hyphenated words

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Nothing's going to be perfect--like if there's markup dividing an actual word, for instance (not that I can think of any good reason why there should be).
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E<small>ND</small>
Filler to have than 5 Words
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Filler to have than 5 Words
No, there's never a valid reason to do <small> abominations to try to emulate smallcaps. The cons heavily outweigh any "pros".

Always use:

Code:
<span class="smallcaps">The End</span>

span.smallcaps {
     font-variant: small-caps;
}
Hacking it together with <small>:
  • Breaks spellchecking
  • Breaks Text-to-Speech
  • Loses proper capitalization info
  • [...]

Here's one of the latest books I had to cleanup:

Code:
<h3>J. P<small>ENALTIES ON</small> M<small>ARKET</small> F<small>ORMS</small></h3>
Text-to-Speech: "J. P" + "enalties on" + "M" + "arket F" + "orms".

Compare to:

Code:
<h3><span class="smallcaps">J. Penalties on Market Forms</span></h3>
It's also one of the most common places I see code errors/typos introduced.

And if you want "fun" spaghetti. Things get way more interesting when you intend to display actual lowercase words as <small>caps:

Spoiler:
Code:
<h3>A. T<small>HE</small> G<small>ENERAL</small> S<small>ALES</small> T<small>AX AND THE</small> L<small>AWS OF</small> I<small>NCIDENCE</small></h3>
Compared to:

Code:
<h3><span class="smallcaps">A. The General Sales Tax and the Laws of Incidence</span></h3>


Throw in a few spaces, hyphens, numbers, and punctuation, and now we have a real ballgame!

Here's a few others straight from the book:

Spoiler:
Code:
<h3>D. A N<small>OTE ON</small> S<small>OME</small> C<small>RITICISMS OF</small> 100-P<small>ERCENT</small> R<small>ESERVE</small></h3>
Code:
<p class="center">F<small>IGURE</small> 57. E<small>FFECT OF</small> C<small>HANGES IN THE</small> R<small>ATE OF</small> I<small>NTEREST ON THE</small> D<small>ISCOUNTED</small> M<small>ARGINAL</small> V<small>ALUE</small> P<small>RODUCT AS</small> S<small>UPPLY OF THE</small> F<small>ACTOR</small> V<small>ARIES</small></p>
Imagine Text-to-Speech reading that one!

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