RE: Weird character substitions in Word

Subject: RE: Weird character substitions in Word
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 11:45:06 -0600

Keith Hood wrote:

> In one of my documents, I keep getting strange characters. Every time
> put in a quotation mark, Word changes it to something I've never seen
> before. So what should look like this
> "something"
> comes out looking like this
> < something >
> The character substitutions actually are two characters - each of the
> double arrow marks is accompanied by a blank space between it and the
> enclosed content.
> I have fiddled with the "Autocorrect" options several times and that
> no difference. These odd substitutes appear only inside one
> area in the document. Overwriting that area does not make these odd
> substitutes go away.
> Anyone have any idea what is going on here?

Those are guillemets -- used as quotation marks in a number of
languages, including French and Italian. I'm no Word guru, so this is
just a guess: check the language setting for the paragraphs where this
is happening.



Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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