EM or EN usage <NIGHTMARE> !

Subject: EM or EN usage <NIGHTMARE> !
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com, dan -dot- gallagher -at- pulsartech -dot- com
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:26:51 -0500

Dan Gallagher reported: <<A year ago I switched from a life of using a PC to using a Macintosh (more Quark ext. available for Macs). I love the Mac now.>>

Or you can have the best of both worlds if your Mac is new and fast; I'm using primarily a Mac, but running Virtual PC (to drive Windows XP Pro) on it so I can work in RoboHelp. Works like a charm. Of course, it runs much slower than a real PC, but since I got VPC free when I upgraded Office, I figured, why not use it? It's fast enough for my needs, though it might not be with Quark.

<<Anyway, when I transported all my pc created files over to the Mac, each and every EM dash turned into an enyay (Spanish n with a tilde over it). At first I didn't know what caused this.>>

Seems a bit odd. I've transferred files with en and em dashes with no problem. All I can figure is that you've got a font mismatch of some sort, since Macs and PCs use different high-end ASCII character codes to accomplish the same symbol.

<< am still being plaqued by them to this day, a year later. Apparently different keystrokes are used on each computer to create these nasty hyphens. I had to change all of them in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pages of docunentation, graphic files and tables.>>

Doesn't Quark have a search and replace function? Provided that there's no Spanish in your documents, it should be easy to make the change globally.

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)

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