[duxhelp] Re: Line breaks in word files

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:27:21 -0400

Michael,

You got [sk1][<] because you put the embedded code within a paragraph by
itself.

The behavior of unrecognized codes is, I think, a good one.  George's
suggestion to allow finding or highlighting unrecognized codes is also
useful, but I wouldn't want to see us change the way they are treated.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 10:19 AM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Line breaks in word files

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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