[bksvol-discuss] Re: eliminating line breaks

I have the reputation for being the best blind southern engineer on
the planet. For those who don't know, a southern engineer is 1 who
uses duct tape, baling wire, & other such tools extremely liberally &
has gotten really good at same.

What I do is this:
1) because these unwanted line breaks are generally single, I search
for 2 line breaks in succession & usually substitute 2 grave accent
marks or other characters I know the book won't use;
2) I then search for all single line breaks & replace w/a space;
3) I then search for 2 grave accent marks & replace w/2 paragraph markers.

Southern engineered, I know, but this is why I've earned that rep. &
yeah, it even works.

On 10/4/08, siss52 <siss52@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> <smiling>  Well, yeah, Word sure is slow.  Sometimes when I press enter to
> open a file in Word, it is soooo slow!!!!!
>
> So how does one go about valiidating a RTF file in Kurzweil?  I mean, do you
> have to change the file to a .kes extension and then change it back?  I am
> speaking of validating, where you download a RTF file.  I'd love to get out
> of using Word if possible.  Not only is it slow, but it pulls boners on
> you!!!  <lol>
>
> Sue S.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mayrie ReNae" <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 8:19 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: eliminating line breaks
>
>
> Hi Robert,
>
> You're right.  Unfortunately, I do my work in Kurzweil 1000 because
> it is much less resource intensive on my computer.  I think my computer is
> allergic to Word. Laugh.  If there is a word more ponderous than sluggish,
> perhaps glacier-like, it would describe how well I can do things in Word.  I
> use it as little as possible!  But you are right.  A macro would be faster.
> I just avoid Word like the plague, probably more than the plague as I think
> about avoiding Word actively and never think about the plague. Laugh.
>
> Shutting up.
>
> Mayrie
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Robert Riddle
> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 5:49 PM
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: eliminating line breaks
>
> You should make a macro to do that. It'd make your life easier.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mayrie ReNae" <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 7:30 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: eliminating line breaks
>
>
>> Hi Cindy,
>>
>> I guess since this is coming up twice now, I'll tell you how I deal
>> with those pesky line breaks where they don't belong, in the middle of
>> paragraphs. But first, to answer your direct question, yes, the bookshare
>> tools will get rid of the extra space between words if there are two
>> spaces
>> instead of one.  That's one thing the stripper is good for!
>>
>> I know that you, like I, prefer to read your books in order to
>> validate them.  However, I will admit to being a bit lazy.  Not that I
>> don't
>> want to do work, but if I can sit back and read without removing those
>> pesky
>> paragraph marks in the middle of paragraphs, I will and do.  I use the
>> find
>> and replace dialogue to do this, which takes at most five minutes, then
>> the
>> grand majority of inappropriate paragraph marks are gone before I ever
>> start
>> reading.  Here is what I do.  Since I know that you personally use Word,
>> I'll tell you how I'd do it using word.
>>
>> I know I'm stating the obvious here, but paragraphs generally begin
>> with a capital letter or a quotation mark.  I have never seen a paragraph
>> begin with a lower case letter, so, what I look for are paragraphs
>> beginning
>> with lower case letters and join them to the word before them with a
>> space.
>> Does that make sense?
>>
>> In the find box I would type ^pa
>> In the replace box I would type  a (that is hit the spacebar followed by
>> the
>> lower case letter a)
>> Then I replace all.
>> I do this with every lower case letter of the alphabet.
>> And yippee!  Most of the extraneous line breaks are gone!
>> Now I can sit back and read without fixing each of those occurrences by
>> hand
>> as they appear in my reading! Much smoother reading!
>>
>> For those using Kurzweil 1000 the paragraph mark is represented in the
>> find
>> box by typing \n (that is backslash followed by the letter n) then you
>> type
>> the lower case letter you want to find.
>>
>> Have I made sense, or just confused the masses?  I love making
>> things easier on myself and allowing myself, however I can to sit back and
>> read with as few corrections during the reading process as possible.
>>
>> Okay, I'm stopping now.
>>
>> Mayrie
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy
>> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 4:44 PM
>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] eliminating line breaks
>>
>> It is what either submitter or validator needs to do. Depending on my
>> mood,
>> since I read while I validate I either delete each line break manually or
>> blacken the paragraph, being careful to leave the break at the end of the
>> paragraph, and replace with a space, so two words don't run together.
>> Sometimes this leaves two spaces between words instead of one, but then
>> generally, at the end, replace two spaces with one; does the bookshare
>> conversion do that automatically, perhaps?
>>
>> I've discovered, however, that with the first paragraph (each time one
>> comes
>> back to the file) one has to eliminate the lines spaces by using just
>> "replace," not "replace all," or it makes the whole document one
>> paragraph--and unfortunately a couple of times I validated books where
>> that
>> apparently had been done. After the first paragraph is done, "replace all"
>> will work with each new paragraph and you're safe as long as you don't hit
>> continue or whatever.
>>
>> Cindy
>>
>>
>> --- On Sat, 10/4/08, Mayrie ReNae <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>>> From: Mayrie ReNae <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Lord of the Rose
>>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Date: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 4:15 PM
>>> Hi E.
>>>
>>> Guess what, I have a solution for this one too!  I get rid
>>> of
>>> exactly what you're talking about in every book that I
>>> submit or validate
>>> because I find the extraneous line breaks annoying too! Do
>>> you want to hear
>>> it, or should I leave you alone?
>>>
>>> Mayrie
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
>>> E.
>>> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 2:30 PM
>>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Lord of the Rose
>>>
>>> The situation with Lord of the Rose does not involve
>>> multiple line
>>> breaks. it involves single line breaks as in
>>>
>>> He
>>> walked across
>>> the room.
>>> In the above sentence the only line break which ought to be
>>> there
>>> comes after the period.
>>> These linebreaks are obnoxious on a braille display.
>>>
>>> E.
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