[duxhelp] Re: Line breaks in word files

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  • Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:18:48 -0400

I tried the [[*sk1*]], but the result in DBT was [sk1][<]. As such, the
preserve skipped lines option seems to be the best option.

For the input validation, remember that "regular expressions" is your
friend. Left open for debate is what to do if the code is invalid. Is it
simply removed silently, does it complain loudly, does it burn the
document in effigy, or does it do something else? As this is a very
large topic, I would suggest that this be thought out very carefully,
and placed into consideration at some point in the future. You also need
to take carefully into consideration what the intended effect is. What
happens if you add a new code in a future version? Does the old version
choke on the new code? Just some thoughts to ponder about this.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George Bell
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 10:08 AM
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Line breaks in word files
> 
> Hi Michael,
> 
> You have number of possible line break solutions here.  I'll 
> detail two.
> 
> 1)  Put the line breaks in Word, but before you import the 
> file, go to DBT's Global, Word Importer dialog and check 
> "Preserve skipped lines".  Of course this will affect ALL 
> imported Word documents.
> 
> Alternatively,
> 
> 2)  Use the code [[*sk1*]]  (Skip # number of lines)
> 
> As regards [[*odd*]] Codes, don't worry.  One of the
> (currently) nice things about this feature is that it indeed 
> does NOT affect embossing and such like.
> 
> That said, in a future incarnation of DBT, I would very much 
> like to see a Code/Style parser/validator.  But as you can 
> see, I'm whispering, otherwise Peter will be after me with a 
> big stick!  (Smile)
> 
> George.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Surato
> Sent: 21 April 2006 13:27
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [duxhelp] Line breaks in word files
> 
> Hi,
> 
> We are trying to create a document that has some blank lines 
> in it. Our final product should look like:
> 
> Line 1
> 
> Line 2
> 
> If we leave a blank line in the word file, this is removed 
> when opened in DBT. If we imbed a line break in the word file like so:
> 
> Line 1
> [[*<*]]
> Line 2
> 
> We get two blank lines instead of one (after removing the 
> para. style).
> Is there a way to get a single blank line in the final product?
> 
> On a second front, while I was embedding codes into the word 
> file, I attempted to import an error using this ability. By
> using:
> 
> Line1
> [[*breakme*]]
> Line2
> 
> I was able import the invalid code into DBT. However, this 
> did not affect embossing at all (this is good!). I see that 
> in the manual you mention the [idle] code, is it possible to 
> insert any code, and have anything not recognized be ignored?
> 
> Thank you very much!
> 
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