[duxhelp] Re: find within a block of text

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 21:20:47 -0400

Christine,

Your only mistake is in assuming that this would work the way you'd like.
I'll have to have a closer look at find within highlighted text and see what
can be done to improve it.

The feature was rather hastily added for DBT 10.3, as I recall.  And we
never revisted it to improve it prior to the release of 10.4.  Thankfully,
somebody is giving it a workout this time around.

We programmers rarely make intelligent choices on our own.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Christine Simpson
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 7:13 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: find within a block of text

Good morning George,

yes, you are correct in how you think I am using the find and replace.
however, it actually seems more complicated than that!

I have typed into DBT three sentences each with a line break between them
and each wrapping onto the second line. Each sentence includes the words
"cat" .
I then put my cursor at the start of the second sentence and holding down
the shift-down arrow I highlight the two lines of text.

With these highlighted I then try the find and replace process as you
describe by wishing to replace "cat" with "kitten".  I have learned a few
things.

1.  if I wish to replace a word in that highlighted paragraph I must do a
backward search as my cursor is at the end of the highlighted block. - a bit
of a trap but can be learned.

2.  Assume that I do not know how many times the word "cat" appears in my
highlighted text. Again, doing a backward search, I tell DBT to replace all
occurrences of the word.  My intention is to replace all occurrences within
the highlighted text, but DBT goes ahead and replaces all occurrences from
the bottom of the highlighted text to the start of the document.

Am I making a mistake somewhere?

The find and replace is a powerful tool, but becomes extremely awkward and
time consuming if it is to be used on a large highlighted block of text
where each exchange must be individually confirmed.  Perhaps a check-box of
search and replace highlighted text only may need to be added to the
dialogue box.

Many thanks

Christine



At 08:34 PM 5/22/04, you wrote:
>Well spotted Christine.  But, just to clarify we are talking the same
>here:-
>
>I highlight a paragraph, I then call up Find (or Replace).  Type an 
>existing word into the Find field, press OK, and a dialog comes up, 
>"DBT was unable to find the text in the selected area.  Would you like 
>to search the rest of the document?".
>
>Press No, and up comes, "Text was not found in document".
>
>And if you were in Replace, yet another box, "0 replacements were made".
>
>George.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>On Behalf Of Christine Simpson
>Sent: 22 May 2004 07:43
>To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [duxhelp] find within a block of text
>
>          I am using JFW and beta2.
>
>I have seen in the documentation (I believe) a reference to DBT now 
>being able to search for text within a highlighted/selected block.  I 
>cannot get this to work.
>
>Has anyone done so successfully and if so, please will you explain the 
>steps you take so that I can achieve the same.
>
>Many thanks
>
>Christine
>
>
>
>
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