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From Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>
Subject Re: Codes
Date Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:38:35 GMT

On 06/23/2013 12:08 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
> At 22:20 22/06/2013 -0400, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak wrote:
> At 14:44 22/06/2013 -0400, Doug McGarrett wrote:
>>> Now if OO and LO are so great, why can't they deal with curly quotes 
>>> and apostrophes in imported text? I have to go thru and fix all the 
>>> damned inch marks one by one by hand. WordPerfect can do that 
>>> automatically. Not only that, it can differentiate between quote 
>>> marks and real inch and foot designators. Let's see your OO/LO do that!
>> I am not sure what this is since I have never had any particular 
>> difficulty dealing with these things.... though I am not sure how one 
>> can understand that a particular single quote is an "inch mark" as 
>> opposed to a non-curly double quote.
> I think the reference to an "inch mark" is simply a way of identifying 
> your (typewriter-style) "non-curly" double quote.
> But Mr McGarrett does have a point, I think.  OpenOffice Writer will 
> replace typed single and double quotes with what it calls custom 
> quotes quite efficiently as you type.  But if you have existing 
> straight quotes in a document (perhaps in an inherited document or in 
> text pasted in from elsewhere), there appears to be no easy way to 
> apply that intelligence after the event.  You could replace a straight 
> quote with a curly one, but you'd have to select manually the 
> individual cases where you needed open and close quotes: you cannot at 
> this stage invoke Writer's ability to use its intelligence about 
> this.  In some other word processors (dare I mention Microsoft Word if 
> I promise to wash my mouth out?), you can merely replace straight 
> quotes with straight quotes: replacement is treated the same way as 
> typing, the same intelligence is invoked, and curly quotes of the 
> appropriate handedness are substituted en masse.
> Brian Barker
Oh, now I get it.... WP will auto-magically replace straight quotes with 
curly quotes when you import a document. For most of what I do, that 
would really mess things up for me. I did have one document, however, 
where I desired that beahvior, so I wrote a macro to do it if I remember 
correctly; would have been nice to have had a built-in command to do it 
for me already.

Andrew Pitonyak
My Macro Document:

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