Some days PageMaker really drives me nuts.
I merged 303 test questions from Word 95 into an Access 95 database.
The only way Access can read a Word file is if it is .txt and
delimited. No problem -- I saved the file as text only, imported it
fine. Then I merged selected questions back into a Word file, copied
to the clipboard and pasted into PageMaker. Did a little tweaking of
the layout here and there, and it all looked good.
Then I suddenly noticed that all the em-dashes were converted to
hyphens. Checking a bit quickly revealed the problem -- .txt files
can't seem to handle ASCII characters >127. For future reference, I
figured out that it is possible to do a global search and replace
within Access, once the data is in an Access table, so this won't be a
problem in the future. All I have to do is remember to search and
replace after importing data into Access.
But here I had this cool PageMaker document with all hyphens. "No
problem," thought. "I'll just do a global search and replace for the
space-hyphen-space and replace with space-em-dash-space."
Hah! PageMaker refused to find the hyphen. Not even if I copied and
pasted a hyphen right in the story editor into the Find dialog box.
Nope, it just says "Search complete." I mean, the cursor was right
before the stupid hypen and I had copied and pasted it into the Find
dialog box, but nooooooo! According to PageMaker that character was
not in the story. I tried the minus sign on the numeric keypad too. No
luck. Also tried the ASCII code for hyphen, and also for en-dash.
I finally solved the problem by going into Access, searching for the
hypen, noting which question it was in, and making a list of question
numbers to look at. Then I manually went to each question and replaced
the hyphen with an em-dash.
Guess we can add this one to the list of other stuff that doesn't
work. Like the discretionary hyphen which has never worked. And a list
of other stuff. Grrrrrr.
NOTICE: The e-mail address is deliberately incorrect. Make the ISP
read "spiritone.com" by adding an "e."