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