Re: box char

Subject: Re: box char
From: Gay Reed <ahreed -at- MAIL -dot- HOT1 -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 17:22:30 -0600

A few things I've observed:

-Word97 sometimes does this when it attempts to "autocorrect" three dots with
an ellipsis.

-This anomalous behavior seems to depend on font choice.

-When replacing special characters or symbols by pasting them into the Find and
Replace dialog, they're apt to be replaced with hollow boxes.

I've concluded that this is nothing more than a mismatch in character sets. For
example, Alt + 0133 in TNR results in an ellipsis; the corresponding character
in Helv is a hollow box. A character in Monotype Sorts that looks like a
moon-shaped left parenthesis is a hollow box in TNR.

I'd guess you've either changed fonts or Word97 has incorrectly and
inconveniently "autocorrected" for you. You should be able to solve the find
and replace issue by setting the formatting for the replace characters. You can
resolve any autocorrection missteps by turning off autocorrect or by removing
any offending autocorrect entries.

Gay Reed
Mailto:ahreed -at- hot1 -dot- net

Dave Whelan wrote:

> Someone mentioned that Word shows them a hollow box character in a
> mystifying message. I also have a problem with hollow boxes: Word97 keeps
> inserting one of these characters into document text unbidden. I think it's
> got something to do with using the find/replace function in a particular
> way. I only became aware of the problem recently but it has me worried as
> have not been able to find a way to search for this character to find out
> whether it has been inserted anywhere else. Has anyone else run up against
> this problem?
> Regards,
> Dave.
> ***************************************************
> David P. Whelan, Technical Writer
> Whelan Technical Services (204) 334-1339
> mailto:dwhelan -at- pangea -dot- ca
> ***************************************************

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